The last major volcanic eruption on U-S soil was Mt.Saint Helens in Washington State in May of 1980, which destroyed 230 square miles of mostly wilderness but some buildings too.
What a lot of people don’t know is that there is a large volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park. This volcano is active and it is being watched 24 hours a day.
Nature is in control at Yellowstone.
Bison roam free. Crystal clear water flows freely.
On the surface, it’s tranquil.
It’s what’s happening beneath the ground that brought us here.
Let’s all hope this is a media edit gone wrong. Most of my viewers/readers know where I stand on Yellowstone. I personally think we’re at more risk of earthquake activity than eruption threats.
That being said..
Clearly the professional Yellowstone geologist, who they say is in charge of the new command center there, he says “a couple of weeks” right after the interviewer asks about the time frame of an eruption NOT happening in the “foreseeable future”…..
He asks, what do you mean by NOT happening in the “foreseeable future”? The response from the geologist was quote “a couple of weeks” (2 weeks).
2 weeks until no eruption? Or knowing the future for certain? 2 weeks until nothing is going to happen?
2 weeks of what? Silence? Couple weeks until a blast? What do they mean? It’s very confusing.
Does the geologist mean that he knows for certain there will not be an eruption for the next 2 weeks? That statement would make no sense (as no one can know the future for certain).
Reporter at the end rather cryptically , saying there are now 2 camps of people … “those who believe the volcano will never erupt”…. and “those who believe it will erupt tomorrow”.
Very strange choice… never or tomorrow?
MANY thanks to Mohammad Jawed for sharing this story:
This just was posted late last night, shows as being uploaded January 29, 2015 at 1050pm – from Sioux Falls South Dakota ABC News, talking about potential ash fall over the state from the Yellowstone eruption.
Let’s hope this is wrong, otherwise we need to prepare now. Follow the motto, Don’t be scared, be prepared.
If nothing happens, then we’ll be all good.
“We are on top of the volcano, we are here sensing the moods and personality changes of the volcano.” Hank Heasler has been a Yellowstone National Park Geologist since 2002.
Five years ago, the U-S Park Service asked him to move his home into a residential area inside Yellowstone, following a series of intense earthquakes. “It was proceeding in an unusual way so we went to an incident command system and talked about ways to get park staff out.”
No evacuations were needed, but it was a wake up call. “All the heat that’s coming out is due to the fact that we have molten rock, partially molten rock, within a few miles of the surface.” The molten rock, created by the volcano, is the force behind Yellowstone’s series of hot water geysers.
There are 900 worldwide.
500 of them are here. “That’s all tied to the heart of Yellowstone, which is the underlying volcano.”
On this cold winter day, the heat from these geysers meeting the cold air sends stacks of steam into the air.
What you can’t see, but might feel, are the earthquakes which happen here almost daily.
In 2010, when Hank Heasler was asked to move into the park, there were more than 3,200 earthquakes.
The following year the number fell to 670.
In recent years, earthquake activity here has been ramping up again.
More than 1,800 in 2013.
More than 1,900 last year.
Some quakes are relatively small: magnitude 1’s.
One in March of last year was a 4.8. “The frequency of earthquakes doesn’t necessarily mean its a suicidal place to be or live.”
Heasler tells me, outside of California, Yellowstone is the most seismically active place in the nation. “Volcanism is in Yellowstone’s future. There is no doubt about it.”
The question many are asking: will it be a super eruption?
Earth Science professor Dr. Brennan Jordan at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion is one who wants to know. “This is what we call the Hartford Ash.”
The last time the Yellowstone volcano had a super eruption, 640,000 years ago, it covered eastern South Dakota in 12 inches of volcanic ash.
Thes white chalky substance in Dr. Jordan’s hand is ash from that eruption; found 65 feet below the ground in Hartford. “It would be devastating if it happened. And it’s due.”
Dr. Jordan tells me we’ve entered the time frame for another major Yellowstone eruption, although he believes it won’t erupt for another 100,000 years.
But the United States Geological Survey is taking the threat seriously now.
This map, produced by the USGS last year, shows the effected zone of a Yellowstone eruption and predicts eastern South Dakota would be covered in 5 inches of volcanic ash. Western South Dakota? 8 inches or more. “When the impact is as great as it could be then we do pay a certain amount of attention to that.”
If Yellowstone had a super eruption right now, Dr. Jordan says crops would be lost, making it impossible to feed cattle which would die. Grocery store prices would skyrocket as meat, grains and milk would be in short supply. Face masks would be mandatory as breathing in volcanic ash is essentially the same as breathing in small particles of glass. “This is a super volcano eruption. This is the type of thing Yellowstone is capable of.”
“One thing that Yellowstone has taught me is that everything changes so be careful in what you predict and forecast.” In addition to Hank Heasler living on site at Yellowstone, there are monitors and sensors all over the park: measuring ground movement, ground temperature, the temperature of the water coming from the geysers. All to stay ahead of what’s happening under Yellowstone.
Researchers like Hank who study both seismic and volcanic activity here at Yellowstone say they are fairly certain that there will be no type of volcanic eruption here in the foreseeable future. But then we asked Hank to define “foreseeable future”.
“Now what do we mean by foreseeable future? I would say, you know a couple of weeks, and that’s what I would say with certainty.”
The mystery here is what happens next.
Life here seems to move slow. But geologically, seismically and volcanically things are changing and in motion all the time.
And if you’re in the business of being certain about things like Hank Heasler is, it makes you job very challenging.
The people who actively watch this situation seemingly fall into two camps: those who think the Yellowstone volcano will never erupt again and those who think it will happen tomorrow.
The truth is no one knows for sure when it will happen again, but the experts we’ve spoken with and several others say it will happen.
They say whenever it happens, it will mean hard times for a long time.
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YELLOWSTONE SUPERVOLCANO ON VERGE OF ERUPTION; USGS SUPPRESSING INFORMATION
WYOMING (INTELLIHUB) — As of January 29, 2015, Hank Hessler, a park geologist stationed at Yellowstone National Park since 2002, publicly announced and put only a 2 week time-frame for the supervolcano located under the park to erupt.
Although no one knows for sure if Hessler’s prediction will come true, it does set an eerie overtone for people located within a 1000 mile swath of the park.
Interestingly enough this information dovetails with information previously reported by Intellihub, making Hessler’s claims all that much more real. Not to mention the fact that there was more than 1,900 documented earthquakes throughout the park in 2014 alone as swarm activity continues to increase.
On March 4, 2014, Intellihub came across information, by an unnamed source, who reported that the White House had ordered the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to suppress earthquake swarm data within the region to hide what may be coming from the general public. And this is where it gets scary as Yellowstone and a 1000 mile swath surrounding the park’s supervolcano may be on the brink of an extinction level event (ELE).
In fact reports suggest that ancient Helium4 gas has breached the surface layers of Yellowstone’s crust and is now escaping into the earth’s atmosphere. Coupled with the recent and abrupt ground level rise in the park we may be looking at a recipe for disaster.
After all, Michio Kaku, a famous theoretical physicist, pointed out in a January 2011 newscast which aired on CNN, “When it blows [Yellowstone] it could destroy the United States as we know it. […] That’s what is making us nervous”
Shockingly, later in the newscast, Kaku went on to explain how a 1000-mile ring of the U.S. would likely be destroyed if the supervolcano actually went. And to make matters worse, geologists all conclude that the park is long overdue for an eruption.
In fact, the last Yellowstone eruption was thought to have happened around 630,000 years ago, meaning we are about 30,000 years overdue, literally putting us in the hot seat, front row.
Kaku also pointed out that, “Every single burp, murmur, of this gigantic supervolcano, including the rise above sea level, has to be watched very carefully”.
So basically if you do the math for the disaster zone radius, the first 100-miles emanating out from ground zero would be completely wiped out. After that, ninety percent devastation would span out another 500 plus miles from ground zero, making a 1000-mile diameter ring that will essentially be fully decimated from the blast.
Additionally this would essentially put what’s left of the United States into a State of Emergency and full-on martial law would be declared under National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) 51.
And it gets even worse. Although there is no way I can vouch for the information, I simply can’t. But according to a random individual who posted a video on YouTube, the USGS has likely been ordered by Washington to suppress information regarding recent seismic activity and gaseous releases in and around the Yellowstone region as a possible ELE in on the way.
This information came directly from a connected individual, according to the video, which also points out that they are “expecting the big one”. However the man’s source has not yet been revealed. And once again, I myself cannot vouch for this personally. I just want to make that clear.
But more importantly all of this matches up with actual data I was able to reference showing a rise of ground level in the park of more than 10 inches in the last week of February 2014 alone. So naturally this has me troubled as Michio Kaku himself stated, “As the ground starts to rise, more and more earthquakes take place,that’s about all the warning we get”, answering a question regarding a forewarning.
Kaku finished with, “It will happen and [when it does] it will destroy North America as we know it”.
During the last eruption, 640,000 years ago, vast amounts of North America were covered in at least 12 inches of ash.
A recent KSFY exclusive report notes, “If Yellowstone had a super eruption right now […] crops would be lost, making it impossible to feed cattle which would die. Grocery store prices would skyrocket as meat, grains and milk would be in short supply. Face masks would be mandatory as breathing in volcanic ash is essentially the same as breathing in small particles of glass.” And all of this would lead to a Mad Max-like scenario across the U.S..
“The people who actively watch this situation seemingly fall into two camps: those who think the Yellowstone volcano will never erupt again and those who think it will happen tomorrow.”, reported KSFY.