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(Yahoo)   Something to think about: Sumatra has the world's biggest "super volcano." No giant flies seen hovering yet   (story.news.yahoo.com) divider line 112
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-04-03 09:12:27 AM
A mega-eruption would be great. Pretty sunsets and no more whining about "global warming."
 
2005-04-03 09:29:10 AM
ZAZ: A mega-eruption would be great.

Just wonderful. Now we are even outsourcing our asplosions.
 
2005-04-03 09:37:55 AM
What a cheery thought to start my morning off right.

When it does finally blow, I'm gonna blame Bush.
 
2005-04-03 10:28:16 AM
Yellowstone is the one in the United States..It's overdue also.
Ground is hot and the lake has actually slid due to the gruond swelling.

Yellowstone Super Volcano
 
2005-04-03 10:30:25 AM
ZAZ: no more whining about "global warming."

The current theory that I like is that we already would be in an ice age were it not for the increased greenhouse emissions that have allowed us to counter-balance the effect.
 
2005-04-03 10:36:34 AM
Somehow, I'm sure this will be America's fault...

/not joking
 
2005-04-03 10:57:14 AM
Hopefully, we have an emergency plan to pump a few gigatons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere to prevent a mini ice age.

/fire up that coal furnace, honey.
 
2005-04-03 11:13:44 AM
So, what's with all the natural disasters lately?
 
2005-04-03 12:06:55 PM
There's no real upswing in natural disasters. World communication is just so advanced that we now hear about all of them.
 
2005-04-03 12:34:55 PM
Not the world's largest, Yellowstone caldera's last eruption was estimated at 2000 km^3 volume, twice that of the large Sumatra eruption mentioned in the article.

 
2005-04-03 12:52:37 PM
Heffaloo, makes sense
 
2005-04-03 01:19:11 PM
(240 cubic miles) of ash

I didn't know Chris Farley was cremated.
 
2005-04-03 04:02:21 PM
Is this the same volcano that killed Mr. Miyagi?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-04-03 06:18:34 PM
The chances of it blowing now are slim, unless a big earthquake or something like that disturbs the sleeping giant.
 
2005-04-03 07:00:08 PM
frankmanhog:

Not the world's largest, Yellowstone caldera's last eruption was estimated at 2000 km^3 volume, twice that of the large Sumatra eruption mentioned in the article.

America has to have the biggest everything.
 
2005-04-03 10:12:35 PM
Who_In_The_What_Now
So, what's with all the natural disasters lately?

I believe that the Gaia theory explains that...
 
2005-04-03 10:30:07 PM
I really hate what the Bush admin is doing in regard to the sciences.

If he was to spend more money on scientific research, rather than killing innocent iraqi children and abstinance programms, this would not be happening. If he were to allow stem cell research, we would be able to have a chance to genetically engineer ourselves into ice-age tolerant super humans.

This is obviously all the fault of one man, and that man is Bush. If Bush lets this mega-erruption happen, the US will pay dearly.
 
2005-04-03 11:20:06 PM
ZAZ: A mega-eruption would be great. Pretty sunsets and no more whining about "global warming."

A mega eruption would not be great. A mega eruption would mean roughly 60-90% of the world's population would die of starvation, followed by an ice age.
 
2005-04-03 11:21:23 PM
frankmanhog:

Not the world's largest, Yellowstone caldera's last eruption was estimated at 2000 km^3 volume, twice that of the large Sumatra eruption mentioned in the article.


You are incorrect.

 
2005-04-03 11:32:27 PM
I have to admit all the Global Warming protesters will look pretty silly if a new ice age is brought on by this natural event.

It seems the world is completely assed, if you go by the reports we get all the time. If it is not the Threat of nuclear holocaust, its the prospect of economic collapse, if not economic collapse, its Global dimming / warming. Asteroid impact warmings and massive earthquakes a-go-go. People expecting the rapture and mass extinction.

I wonder if everything will actually go to shiat in the next 10 years, or if it is just a matter of us having a lot of media these days, and little to fill it with.
 
2005-04-04 06:22:36 AM
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Why don't these guys just shut the fark up? If they can't give us the exact date these things are going to blow, don't bother us with this crap. There's not a thing we can do if one should blow anyway. Spend some time thinking up ways to fix the problems that are fixable and/or predictable.
 
2005-04-04 06:35:01 AM
That's dangerously close to Japan, too.

I hope Godzilla doesn't wake up!
 
2005-04-04 06:42:11 AM
frankmanhog:

Not the world's largest, Yellowstone caldera's last eruption was estimated at 2000 km^3 volume, twice that of the large Sumatra eruption mentioned in the article.

i think he confused krakatau, (1883, west of Java, south of sumatra), for toba, (xxx,000 years ago, middle of northern sumatra, mass extinction planetwide).
 
2005-04-04 06:45:33 AM
"The big problem is a lot of the volcanoes that potentially could erupt are perhaps not monitored to the degree that they should be, and of course we learnt that lesson from the Boxing Day tsunami disaster," he said.


I think the big problem is that if a supervolcano does erupt, no amount of monitoring will change the fact that we're f*cked.
 
2005-04-04 06:56:15 AM
why doesnt mother nature have any good natural disasters? just once a want to see a volcano spew candy not hot ash
 
2005-04-04 07:00:48 AM
Fact is, you're constantly at risk of death. Even if there's no supervolcanic eruption today that wipes out all human existence, you could still have a total brainfart and drop dead on your executive fauxhogany desk before lunch. Get used to it, because there's fark all you can do about it.

Also, the BBC docu-drama on this subject, Supervolcano, was quite good, though for all I know it could have been rife with scientific errors. It might be on the torrent sites somewhere if anyone wants to check it out.
 
2005-04-04 07:03:29 AM
What will come first: the explosion of the caldera under Yellow Stone Park or the release of Longhorn?

My money is on the one in Sumatra. The big quake has shifted the land, which must have introduced stresses in other places in the region, and Sumatra is where it happened. If the next quake happens along the fault line that intersects the supervolcano, and it's at that location to boot... that is not going to be good. Not good at all.
The best possible scenario would be where a vent was created that would bleed off most of the pressure. This may act as a jet that may [a big may] change Earth's trajectory. If it doesn't have that effect, the pressure released would hopefully stop a full-scale outburst, but the vapors would be toxic and a massive eco-disaster would very likely ensue.
Hey, we don't like the environment and it's going to return the sentiment :).
Positive point: if you somehow manage to survive the mayhem that will ensue, real estate is going to become really cheap.
Not sure how much the internet is going to suffer though.

The big bopper under Sumatra will probably pop in under a year. The massive quake can't have done any good to the structure preventing the thing from going poof in the first place.
Or: the quakes may be due to pressures building up due to the expanding caldera itself. If the chamber holding the magma was expanded, it would reduce the pressure. If the chamber was compacted, the pressure would increase...

The Earth Sciences guys are going to go ape over this puppy :).

Bush will just declare war on tectonic plates or something.
 
2005-04-04 07:03:36 AM
What about the one in New Mexico? I think it's called the Jemez caldron.
 
2005-04-04 07:10:37 AM
Maybe if we meld this prediction with the last Pope (two threads previous to this one), it will all come together and ...???
 
2005-04-04 07:16:10 AM
Bush will just declare war on tectonic plates or something.

...and then invade Mars ;)
 
2005-04-04 07:22:18 AM
yada yada yada, we're all gonna die.

/doomed.
 
2005-04-04 07:23:04 AM
foreverincamo

"The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Why don't these guys just shut the fark up? If they can't give us the exact date these things are going to blow, don't bother us with this crap. There's not a thing we can do if one should blow anyway. Spend some time thinking up ways to fix the problems that are fixable and/or predictable."

You sound like the people of St. Pierre, Martinique. And their leaders, both political and religious who tried to deny that there was a danger from the volcano. "Nothing is better than in St. Pierre!"

Right up to the day the volcano erupted and killed every last one of them. Only 2 people in the outskirts of the city survived.
 
2005-04-04 07:32:22 AM
And newsflash for those who think global warming might help. Global warming depends on sunlight reaching the earth's surface first THEN being trapped by "greenhouse" gasses... so global warming's effect would be cancelled out by a cloud of ash.

Anyone who is skeptical about the effects of ash should read about the Laki haze.
 
2005-04-04 07:39:24 AM
If the Sumatra volcano blows, can the U.S. expect lawsuits from Austrian and German lawyers?
 
2005-04-04 07:46:58 AM
So, Toba could erupt and plunge the Earth into a new Ice Age, where humans will fight over the last remaining scraps of food and petrol?

My millenium bug stockpiles aren't looking so stupid now, are they!

/Counting on the Road Warrior to lead me to Paradise.
 
2005-04-04 07:49:40 AM
BrassHat

This may act as a jet that may [a big may] change Earth's trajectory.

Is there any evidence that this happened in the past? Supervolcanoes have been asploding since the formation of the Earth. I would highly doubt this would happen.
 
2005-04-04 07:54:37 AM

> This may act as a jet that may [a big may]
> change Earth's trajectory.

Is there any evidence that this happened in the past?


Of course there is, have you not seen Space 1999? The Moon itself was blasted into interstellar space by some sort of giant explosian.
 
2005-04-04 07:56:08 AM
"It could be in a few, 50 or another 1000 years but sooner or later one is going to go off."

Gotta love science.
 
2005-04-04 08:02:36 AM
Wait wait wait..

A volcano once altered the world's climate?! That's impossible, I thought only man had those capabilities.


We know shiat about what's going to happen in 50 years. That goes for Super Volcanos, Giant Asteroids, Global Warming, and Biblical Apocalypse. Most likely, none of it will happen.
 
2005-04-04 08:06:17 AM
why doesnt mother nature have any good natural disasters? just once a want to see a volcano spew candy not hot ash

I could say the same thing about my ass.
 
2005-04-04 08:09:31 AM
If we're all going to die in some great natural disaster, I want something to happen that would make all the enviromentalists look stupid. Atleast I'd have a smile on my face as I froze to death, or got boiled in "magma".

I want to hear on the TV or Radio: "If only we didn't stop the manufacture of CFCs" "If only we could get acid rain"
 
2005-04-04 08:15:23 AM
While it would be bad for most people, think of what a super volcanic eruption would do for the skiing industry. A year-round season! Man, that would be sweet. I'd really get my moneys worth from a season lift ticket!

/Doesn't ski
//Doesn't want to ski
///Used to surf though...
////Google "Year without a summer".
 
2005-04-04 08:17:59 AM
Discovery's having a TV movie about Yellowastone blowing.... looks pretty cool.
 
2005-04-04 08:21:13 AM
Vegas,

Those movies are 99.741% awful.
 
2005-04-04 08:23:04 AM
New Zealand -- where Mount Taupo could be ready for eruption.

The Taupo erruption is the largest historically recorded (i.e. people witnessed its effects). In 181 AD the Chinese and the Romans noted the atmospheric effects - red sunsets and so on
 
2005-04-04 08:23:31 AM
changingman: Also, the BBC docu-drama on this subject, Supervolcano, was quite good

I caught something about them.... not sure if it was BBC.... but they were saying back then, looking at sailor's ship's logs from around the world, they ALL were noting weird and different weather patterns. Not knowing about the eruption these so many different Captains logged the same things....

 
2005-04-04 08:27:30 AM
oh, and 2005-04-03 10:30:07 PM consdubya... you get the troll award for this a.m.
 
2005-04-04 08:29:45 AM
"I have to admit all the Global Warming protesters will look pretty silly if a new ice age is brought on by this natural event."

Global Warming protesters look pretty silly right now.
They're a bunch of well-meaning, but ill-informed (or worse, misinformed) yahoos.
There's still no demonstrable proof it's happening or going to happen.

"This may act as a jet that may [a big may] change Earth's trajectory."

This is about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
 
2005-04-04 08:31:18 AM
Is this going to affect the price of my "Sumatra" flavored StarBucks coffee...
If the asplosion doesn't do me in. Those bastards at StarBucks will bleed me to death in the wake there of

/Boobies ever...
 
2005-04-04 08:35:10 AM
You know, I made a comment after the Easter earthquake about the volcano that's going to erupt there. Now that we are going into the era of the rapture pope......
 
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