What Would An Eruption Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Look Like?
thetruthwins.com / By Michael Snyder / March 31st, 2014
On Sunday, the worst earthquake in about 30 years rattled the Yellowstone supervolcano. Overall, there have been at least 25 significant earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park since Thursday, but it is the 4.8 earthquake that has many observers extremely worried. Could such a large earthquake be a sign that the Yellowstone supervolcano is starting to roar to life after all this time? And if it does erupt, what would that mean for the rest of the country? As you will see below, a full-blown eruption at Yellowstone would be absolutely catastrophic. It is estimated that such an eruption could dump a 10 foot deep layer of volcanic ash up to 1,000 miles away and render much of the nation uninhabitable for years to come. In essence, it would instantly bring the United States to its knees.
It is true that it is normal for Yellowstone to experience up to 3,000 earthquakes a year. But most of those earthquakes are extremely small and nothing to worry about.
But the 4.8 earthquake that struck on Sunday is definitely raising eyebrows – especially considering what else has been going on at Yellowstone lately.
Black Blade: Everyone downwind to the east coast would be buried under ash - many if not most would die as the ash was inhaled and set up like concrete in the lungs. There would be no escape. Those close to the caldera collapse to the midwest would be consumed and incinerated by the plinian flows as the eruption column collapses. The most extreme northwest and southwest would survive the initial effects but the decades long "volcanic winter" would mean mass starvation due to crop failures (think cannibalism and the movie "The Road"). Eventually Yellowstone will erupt - maybe next week, next year or a couple hundred thousand years from now. When Toba volcano in Indonesia erupted about 75,000 years ago only about an estimated 15,000 humans survived ("genetic Bottleneck" according to DNA evidence).