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(USGS)   Magnitude 4.8 earthquake registered in Yellowstone National Park, home to the largest supervolcano on the planet. NOW you may panic   (earthquake.usgs.gov) divider line 73
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2014-03-30 09:30:33 AM
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2014-03-30 09:38:00 AM
Well on the USGS website the largest previous earthquake in the Yellowstone area was 3.5 so it was pretty big.  Now does it actually mean anything?
 
2014-03-30 09:42:34 AM

Nefarious: Well on the USGS website the largest previous earthquake in the Yellowstone area was 3.5 so it was pretty big.  Now does it actually mean anything?


It means we need to stock up on K-Rations, ammo, and make our peace with God!
 
2014-03-30 09:44:15 AM

Captain Steroid: Nefarious: Well on the USGS website the largest previous earthquake in the Yellowstone area was 3.5 so it was pretty big.  Now does it actually mean anything?

It means we need to stock up on K-Rations, ammo, and make our peace with God!


Look on the bright side.  If it goes, global warming won't be an issue.
 
2014-03-30 09:46:18 AM
Call me when they start coming in swarms
 
2014-03-30 09:50:52 AM
Oh, yeah. I should probably put up this chart for future reference. >.>

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2014-03-30 10:22:30 AM
I'm not going to lie, I'm going to be kind of bummed if I die without seeing Yellowstone going off.  It's like some kind of Chekov's gun thing for me.
 
2014-03-30 01:12:32 PM
This isn't good.
 
2014-03-30 01:53:28 PM
static.guim.co.uk

Told ya.
 
2014-03-30 02:18:28 PM

MattStafford: I'm not going to lie, I'm going to be kind of bummed if I die without seeing Yellowstone going off.  It's like some kind of Chekov's gun thing for me.


If I was you, I'd be more worried about dieing without finishing your economics degree.
 
2014-03-30 02:30:00 PM
There's really no point in panicking. If the Yellowstone Caldera ever goes off, everyone in the United States will die and the rest of the world will be left in a "The Road"-esque scenario. There's really nothing you can do save yourself from it, no point in worrying about it.
 
2014-03-30 02:39:20 PM
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2014-03-30 03:38:11 PM
I've been waiting for this moment my entire life.
 
2014-03-30 03:44:30 PM
i think my headline, blaming it on the re-introduction of wolves, was better, because Jesus!!
 
2014-03-30 03:48:48 PM

DamnYankees: There's really no point in panicking. If the Yellowstone Caldera ever goes off, everyone in the United States will die and the rest of the world will be left in a "The Road"-esque scenario. There's really nothing you can do save yourself from it, no point in worrying about it.


The idea everyone else will die too isn't quite as comforting to me.
 
2014-03-30 03:54:53 PM

DamnYankees: There's really no point in panicking. If the Yellowstone Caldera ever goes off, everyone in the United States will die and the rest of the world will be left in a "The Road"-esque scenario. There's really nothing you can do save yourself from it, no point in worrying about it.


Pretty much this.  If it goes, we're all farked, so there's literally no reason to fret over it.  We can't stop it from happening and the people who don't die in the immediate explosion/aftermath will starve to death or freeze to death shortly thereafter.
 
2014-03-30 03:59:12 PM

DamnYankees: There's really no point in panicking. If the Yellowstone Caldera ever goes off, everyone in the United States will die and the rest of the world will be left in a "The Road"-esque scenario. There's really nothing you can do save yourself from it, no point in worrying about it.


Yeah, not so much.  The ash plume will barely reach western Minnesota/Iowa.  Things might be a bit dodgy for the folks in Fargo, but the rest of the US should be OK.  Or at least not dead within a few days of the event.

As for Fimbulwinter, I've got my axe and my knife at the ready!
 
2014-03-30 04:01:19 PM
I'd say it was a good run, but man... humanity has was too many assholes.
 
2014-03-30 04:06:14 PM

Mr. Eugenides: Yeah, not so much. The ash plume will barely reach western Minnesota/Iowa. Things might be a bit dodgy for the folks in Fargo, but the rest of the US should be OK.


Someone is lying to you.

http://www.examiner.com/article/supervolcano-beneath-yellowstone-eru pt ion-could-mean-disaster-for-all-mankind
 
2014-03-30 04:13:20 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Call me when they start coming in swarms


FTFA: The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake occurred at 06:34 AM on March 30, 2014 (MDT). The epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 shock was located 4 miles north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This earthquake is part of a series of earthquakes that began in this area on Thursday, March 27. As of 8:15 am today, this series has included at least 25 earthquakes in addition to the main shock, with the largest of magnitude 3.1. The magnitude 4.8 main shock was reported felt in Yellowstone National Park and in the towns of West
Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana.

Do you mean like that?
 
2014-03-30 04:14:55 PM

J. Frank Parnell: DamnYankees: There's really no point in panicking. If the Yellowstone Caldera ever goes off, everyone in the United States will die and the rest of the world will be left in a "The Road"-esque scenario. There's really nothing you can do save yourself from it, no point in worrying about it.

The idea everyone else will die too isn't quite as comforting to me.


Newsflash:  You're going to die anyways.
 
2014-03-30 04:15:05 PM
Wasn't there just an article about the Yellowstone super volcano going extinct on fark in the last couple of weeks.
 
2014-03-30 04:16:28 PM

Infernalist: DamnYankees: There's really no point in panicking. If the Yellowstone Caldera ever goes off, everyone in the United States will die and the rest of the world will be left in a "The Road"-esque scenario. There's really nothing you can do save yourself from it, no point in worrying about it.

Pretty much this.  If it goes, we're all farked, so there's literally no reason to fret over it.  We can't stop it from happening and the people who don't die in the immediate explosion/aftermath will starve to death or freeze to death shortly thereafter.


If we go down in that manner, I wonder how the Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians would try to spin that? IIRC, the "end times" aren't supposed to go out with a whimper...

/ no epic battles in the Middle-East, no anti-Christ....
 
2014-03-30 04:19:07 PM
The best part about the Yellowstone caldera blowing is you don't need to worry about it.  If it goes - you're toast.  Period. There is no prepping or amount of duct tape and plastic wrap that will help you.
 
2014-03-30 04:22:34 PM

McBish: Wasn't there just an article about the Yellowstone super volcano going extinct on fark in the last couple of weeks.


Yes but it was more specifically about Yellowstone calming down than the hotspot beneath it if I remember correctly. The North American plate has been slowly sliding over it for millions of years.
 
2014-03-30 04:24:10 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: If we go down in that manner, I wonder how the Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians would try to spin that? IIRC, the "end times" aren't supposed to go out with a whimper


They always adapt that to whatever is going on. Suddenly their town would be host to the final battle between good and evil, with the person they didn't like in town as the antichrist.
 
2014-03-30 04:24:29 PM

Nefarious: Well on the USGS website the largest previous earthquake in the Yellowstone area was 3.5 so it was pretty big.  Now does it actually mean anything?


It probably means big bucks for yoga instructors. People will want to become flexible enough to be able to bend over and kiss their asses goodbye.
 
2014-03-30 04:25:11 PM
magnetinspirado.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-30 04:27:05 PM

silly season: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Call me when they start coming in swarms

FTFA: The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake occurred at 06:34 AM on March 30, 2014 (MDT). The epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 shock was located 4 miles north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This earthquake is part of a series of earthquakes that began in this area on Thursday, March 27. As of 8:15 am today, this series has included at least 25 earthquakes in addition to the main shock, with the largest of magnitude 3.1. The magnitude 4.8 main shock was reported felt in Yellowstone National Park and in the towns of West
Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana.

Do you mean like that?


Well, yeah... that is more interesting

/I'm still doubtful it will lead to anything disastrous, though
 
2014-03-30 04:28:58 PM

Saturn5: The best part about the Yellowstone caldera blowing is you don't need to worry about it.  If it goes - you're toast.  Period. There is no prepping or amount of duct tape and plastic wrap that will help you.


You say that, but I have a lot of duct tape.

/I ain't gonna let six feet of ash bring me down
 
2014-03-30 04:40:14 PM

Nefarious: Well on the USGS website the largest previous earthquake in the Yellowstone area was 3.5 so it was pretty big.  Now does it actually mean anything?


What I want to know is what is the wildlife in the area doing. If all the wolves and the bison are running away as fast as they can, we're farked. Don't they have a lot of them collared with GPS? Someone needs to look into it.
 
2014-03-30 04:47:59 PM

Mr. Fuzzypaws: I've been waiting for this moment my entire life.


Me too!

i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-30 04:50:39 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: silly season: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Call me when they start coming in swarms

FTFA: The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake occurred at 06:34 AM on March 30, 2014 (MDT). The epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 shock was located 4 miles north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This earthquake is part of a series of earthquakes that began in this area on Thursday, March 27. As of 8:15 am today, this series has included at least 25 earthquakes in addition to the main shock, with the largest of magnitude 3.1. The magnitude 4.8 main shock was reported felt in Yellowstone National Park and in the towns of West
Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana.

Do you mean like that?

Well, yeah... that is more interesting

/I'm still doubtful it will lead to anything disastrous, though



The thing with geologic phenomenon is... it could very well be presaging a calamitous event - in geologic time. Sure that could mean next year, but it could also mean hundreds of more years or tens of thousands more years. When it happens it's going to be hard to miss though.

If I was a betting man I'd guess the impact will be right in between the best and worst case estimates. It would be a heavy blow that we all had to work hard to cope with, but wouldn't threaten the end of human civilization or billions starving. Food might get real damn expensive for a while though... But I'm certainly no expert. I could very well be wrong. I'm still making sure my garden is good and planted though!
 
2014-03-30 04:54:41 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: J. Frank Parnell: DamnYankees: There's really no point in panicking. If the Yellowstone Caldera ever goes off, everyone in the United States will die and the rest of the world will be left in a "The Road"-esque scenario. There's really nothing you can do save yourself from it, no point in worrying about it.

The idea everyone else will die too isn't quite as comforting to me.

Newsflash:  You're going to die anyways.


Speak for yourself. I plan to live forever. :P
 
2014-03-30 04:55:32 PM

MarkEC: What I want to know is what is the wildlife in the area doing. If all the wolves and the bison are running away as fast as they can, we're farked. Don't they have a lot of them collared with GPS? Someone needs to look into it.


I know they pay close attention to that in Japan as a warning, but i'm not so sure about other places. Imagine most geologists here might laugh if you suggested animals are better warning systems than they are.
 
2014-03-30 04:57:45 PM
Things like this remind me what gobbledeegook all that talk about man-made global warming is. What's the point? YOLO!!
 
2014-03-30 05:00:58 PM
 
2014-03-30 05:02:25 PM

MattStafford: I'm not going to lie, I'm going to be kind of bummed if I die without seeing Yellowstone going off.  It's like some kind of Chekov's gun thing for me.


The Clathrate Gun is a bigger problem than Chekov's gun.
 
2014-03-30 05:05:19 PM

silly season: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Call me when they start coming in swarms

FTFA: The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake occurred at 06:34 AM on March 30, 2014 (MDT). The epicenter of the magnitude 4.8 shock was located 4 miles north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This earthquake is part of a series of earthquakes that began in this area on Thursday, March 27. As of 8:15 am today, this series has included at least 25 earthquakes in addition to the main shock, with the largest of magnitude 3.1. The magnitude 4.8 main shock was reported felt in Yellowstone National Park and in the towns of West
Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana.

Do you mean like that?


Is it harmonic tremor? Because if it is, then we're boned. If not, this is just another earthquake.
 
2014-03-30 05:11:01 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Mr. Eugenides: Yeah, not so much. The ash plume will barely reach western Minnesota/Iowa. Things might be a bit dodgy for the folks in Fargo, but the rest of the US should be OK.

Someone is lying to you.

http://www.examiner.com/article/supervolcano-beneath-yellowstone-eru pt ion-could-mean-disaster-for-all-mankind


I'll take the scientitians who make infographics as at least as reliable as the examiner.  The immediate death and devastation will be limited to the ash fall zone. Even then it's not going to be 100% all across that zone, it will taper to zero near the edges.  Even if a new eruption was larger than the previous ones it's very unlikely that the US could be completely covered.
 
2014-03-30 05:23:41 PM

Mr. Eugenides: The immediate death and devastation will be limited to the ash fall zone. Even then it's not going to be 100% all across that zone, it will taper to zero near the edges. Even if a new eruption was larger than the previous ones it's very unlikely that the US could be completely covered.


The ash on the ground isn't really what you have to worry about. Sure, it's bad, but no one is saying it will cause a global extinction. What will cause a global extinction is all the ash in the atmosphere. They estimate it could put up 2000 times more ash than Mt. St. Helens. So you're looking at one long farking winter. Probably far colder than anything we get now. Everything even might just flash freeze, giving no chance for a cool survival scenario.
 
2014-03-30 05:30:41 PM

Mr. Eugenides: J. Frank Parnell: Mr. Eugenides: Yeah, not so much. The ash plume will barely reach western Minnesota/Iowa. Things might be a bit dodgy for the folks in Fargo, but the rest of the US should be OK.

Someone is lying to you.

http://www.examiner.com/article/supervolcano-beneath-yellowstone-eru pt ion-could-mean-disaster-for-all-mankind

I'll take the scientitians who make infographics as at least as reliable as the examiner.  The immediate death and devastation will be limited to the ash fall zone. Even then it's not going to be 100% all across that zone, it will taper to zero near the edges.  Even if a new eruption was larger than the previous ones it's very unlikely that the US could be completely covered.


Dude, warn a guy before posting a bing search result.
 
2014-03-30 05:30:51 PM

Paris1127: Is it harmonic tremor? Because if it is, then we're boned. If not, this is just another earthquake.


If it was a harmonic tremor, do you honestly think they'd tell us?
 
2014-03-30 05:33:15 PM
mmrglobal.com
 
2014-03-30 05:41:16 PM

Dinki: [static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

Told ya.


Anyone slamming that movie as being unrealistic and stupid is missing out that it's one of the funniest movies ever. I fell out of my seat at the theatre in hysterics.
 
2014-03-30 05:42:03 PM
Another site said it was the biggest quake they had since 1980. What else happened in 1980? Mt St. Helen blew her top. O_O
 
2014-03-30 05:45:03 PM
There's been a lot of quakes lately, haven't there? I used to be really up on the seismic sites years back but I got bored and moved onto space weather and planet searches.
 
2014-03-30 05:56:29 PM
I take solice in the fact, that when the north American continent is plunged into armageddeon, the rest of the world is beyond screwed.
 
2014-03-30 06:38:50 PM
Meh. New Rick and Morty soon.
 
2014-03-30 06:39:30 PM
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