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Experts deny rumours of imminent eruption at Yellowstone supervolcano

Experts deny internet rumours of imminent cataclysm at massive Yellowstone Caldera

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 April, 2014, 5:04am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 April, 2014, 5:04am

Yellowstone National Park is fighting viral rumours of an impending, cataclysmic eruption of a mega volcano slumbering at the western US preserve known for its geothermal features.

Volcanologists said reams of geological data had given them a deep understanding of the Yellowstone Caldera - and all signs pointed to calm.

Over the past several weeks, the internet has been abuzz with speculation over worrying signs suggesting an explosive awakening for the so-called supervolcano, whose last catastrophic eruption was 640,000 years ago.

That eruption covered a good portion of North America in ash several centimetres thick, and had a long-lasting impact on the Earth's climate.

A video showing a herd of bison fleeing the Wyoming park went viral. And several days later, a 4.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in three decades, fed the rumour mill still further.

But Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said there was nothing out of the ordinary in the animals' behaviour.

"We do have bison, elk and other animals that have moved out of the park recently," he said.

"They tend to migrate at this time to lower elevations, where they think they can get food, and then they come back."

As for the quake: "It was the strongest in 30 years, but it was not that strong," said Peter Cervelli, a volcano expert at the US Geological Survey.

And such jolts are not exactly rare, with an estimated 1,000 to 3,000 quakes a year at the park.

He rebuffed rumours that a big eruption was coming and predicted there would not be another major eruption "for the next tens of thousand of years".

His confidence was based in part on the many instruments, including dozens of GPS receivers and seismometers, that monitor activity in the volcano whose giant magma chamber measures 88 kilometres long, 29 kilometres wide and 14 kilometres deep.

Around a dozen experts are also permanently stationed at Yellowstone.

Geologist Ilya Bindeman was equally confident, based on his isotopic analysis of the volcanic rocks at Yellowstone.

"I don't think another major eruption is going to happen anytime soon - at least not for another one to two million years."

Such an eruption would destroy everything within a radius of several hundred kilometres and would cover North America in ash, putting an end to agriculture and cooling the Earth's climate for at least 10 years.

The last time the Earth experienced such an eruption was in Indonesia, 70,000 years ago.

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I live in the area and I would like to clear up a couple of things in the comments. First, I have no idea when or if Yellowstone will blow. It could be tomorrow or 6000 years from now no one knows.
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"Ground up lift, massive amounts of H3 and H4 being released, increasing earthquake swarms"
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These are things that have been occurring for hundreds if not thousands of years and are totally normal for this area. This isn't something that just started happening this week.
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"landslides in nearby Jackson(proof the crust is bulging due to the magma)"
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Sorry, no. The landslide in Jackson occurred because the contractors that put in the new Walgreen's accidentally cut the toe off the slope. Lawsuits have already begun. That isn't as sensational though, huh?
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"the live cameras shaking all day due to EQ(no wind)."
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Are you kidding? No wind in Wyoming? That's like saying there is no traffic in New York City. It's windy all the time here.
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These types of accusations about government cover-ups always make me wonder. I mean, the government can't find a downed plane after weeks of searching, they couldn't apprehend Snowden, it took them how long to get Bin Laden? They can't even create a health care website that works, but they CAN cover up all kinds of conspiracies and have all kinds of secret programs, etc. Sigh.
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any "expert" who says "Geologist Ilya Bindeman was equally confident, based on his isotopic analysis of the volcanic rocks at Yellowstone.
"I don't think another major eruption is going to happen anytime soon - at least not for another one to two million years.""
I will not believe him considering looking at Yellowstone eruption history it occurs once every 600,000 - 1,000,000 years....so yeah we are in the "bubble" of another eruption period. And to give it an additional 1,000,000 years............he KNOWS he's lying so the question now is he just that stupid or is he hiding something????
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Don't let the "experts" fool you. They are on gag order that was originally signed by then president Bush and was renewed by Obama. Let's just use evidence to see what is happening. Ground up lift, massive amounts of H3 and H4 being released, increasing earthquake swarms, landslides in nearby Jackson(proof the crust is bulging due to the magma), very active seismic activity in the area as well as the western US, the live cameras shaking all day due to EQ(no wind). The earthquakes in the opposite of the ring of fire in fact are related to earthquakes on the US border of the ring of fire. The mantle feeding yellowstone reaches to the southwest then into Idaho. By the way Idaho is experiencing their own earthquake swarms from a "dead zone" seismic activity wise. All of the before mentioned evidence is REAL and has verified by non government resources. Now for the rumors, the US was soliciting countries to house US citizens for the next ten years, as well as government contracts to relocate any nukes within a 500 mile radius from the park possibly due to a impending eruption. Am I saying doom and gloom, no, but don't rely on the government to tell you that yellowstone will blow, because they won't. They rather let a few thousands of people die then lose their grip of being in control.In the movie "supervolcano" that came out in 2004, probably had the most accurate picture, government saying small eruption in reality is super.
 
 
 
 
 

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