YELLOWSTONE PARK: DESTRUCTION ON THE HORIZON

 

We all have heard of the great and historic Yellowstone Park and its most famous geyser, Old Faithful. shoots up into the sky as crowds tilt their heads just to see how high it really can go. The saturated blues and greens of geothermal pools appear to be from another world. Mountains wrap themselves around the park, providing shelter for wild animals to roam. But below the beauty of Yellowstone, is a volcano powerful enough devastate most of the United States and change the entire world.  Hank Hessler, a geologist at Yellowstone in the U.S. state of Wyoming says “Yellowstone and other volcanoes around the world are called supervolcanoes and the reason is they’re like a super sized drink. It means it’s just big.”  Supervolcano describes a geological phenomenon never witnessed by man. Supervolcanoes are off the charts big when comparing them to a normal volcanic eruption, smh. On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens in the northwest corner of the United States erupted. It killed 57 people and expelled one cubic kilometer of ash. The first Yellowstone supervolcanic eruption 2.1 million years ago was at least 25,000 times larger than the Mount St. Helens eruption. Two other Yellowstone super eruptions 1.3 million and 640,000 years ago, though smaller than the first one, would still dwarf any normal volcanic eruption. The physical characteristic of a supervolcano isn’t a typical cone-shaped mountainous peak. Instead, supervolcanoes have what are called calderas. These are vast sunken areas that are formed after previous super eruptions as the ground was blown out and fell back to rest. So when will Yellowstone Park erupt?  The three Yellowstone super eruptions have occurred about 800,000 years apart, so people have started to speculate that another one is due. In 2004, Geophysicist Bob Smith and his team who monitors Yellowstone Park, noticed that the ground had started to rise then lowered again in 2010. It was like the supervolcano was breathing. In geophysicist Bob Smith’s book, “Windows into the Earth,” he says, “Devastation would be complete and incomprehensible.” Before the super eruption, large earthquakes would likely swarm the surrounding areas until the huge blast that would erase Yellowstone completely off the map. After the initial eruption, clouds of gas and rock would burn everything in its path with temperatures reaching to hundreds of degrees Celsius. Ashfall would cover the western United States and also enter the jet stream with the potential to cripple air transportation and threaten the world’s food supply.There are some estimates that 87,000 people would die immediately. Now I know you probably don’t want to hear this kind of news but you can’t run from what is going to happen. I just wanted alert people on this situation, especially with all the storms that’s going around the globe. Global activity is rising and the imminent end of the world could be on the horizon. So stay blessed, say your prayers and get right with the man above and everything will be just fine!

 

 

 

 

 

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