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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 07:19:51 PM

Nefarious: Look on the bright side. If it goes, global warming won't be an issue.


Ahem! This was CAUSED by global warming.
 
2014-03-30 07:37:52 PM

SevenizGud: Nefarious: Look on the bright side. If it goes, global warming won't be an issue.

Ahem! This was CAUSED by global warming.


Oh please shut up.
 
2014-03-30 07:42:16 PM
Ahh fark it, I was about done with civilization anyway. The Bieber generation is starting to come of age.

cmon supervolcano
or asteroid
 
2014-03-30 07:53:35 PM

mongbiohazard: If I was a betting man I'd guess the impact will be right in between the best and worst case estimates.


If I were a betting man, I'd guess that the continent has drifted over enough that the caldera is no longer over the hot-spot. Instead, the hotspot is under salt lake, where the newest plume will break through in an almost instantaneous way, releasing enough mass that the entire surface of western North America tilts, and the North American continental plate breaks along the line of the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Bear Lake fracturing the North American plate like a hard-boiled egg, causing island forming like is seen now in NE Canada to continue its way down to midcontinent in the course of about a week or so.

So yeah, mid-range expectations for me too.
 
2014-03-30 08:06:59 PM

SevenizGud: mongbiohazard: If I was a betting man I'd guess the impact will be right in between the best and worst case estimates.

If I were a betting man, I'd guess that the continent has drifted over enough that the caldera is no longer over the hot-spot. Instead, the hotspot is under salt lake, where the newest plume will break through in an almost instantaneous way, releasing enough mass that the entire surface of western North America tilts, and the North American continental plate breaks along the line of the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Bear Lake fracturing the North American plate like a hard-boiled egg, causing island forming like is seen now in NE Canada to continue its way down to midcontinent in the course of about a week or so.

So yeah, mid-range expectations for me too.


Yeah, that's pretty low-key...

I'd hate to see your idea of an extreme outcome!
 
2014-03-30 08:14:07 PM
Yellowstone Earthquake of 1959

On Aug. 17, 1959 the earth around Yellowstone shook. At 11:37 p.m. a 7.3 magnitude earthquake devastated Hebgen Lake, Mont., located in Yellowstone's northwestern region-in comparison, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti registered at a 7.0 magnitude.

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www.quake.utah.edu

U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers were first into the area between Hebgen Dam and the landslide to check on campers, administer first aid, and relay rescue needs to the outside world.
 
2014-03-30 08:37:56 PM
Western US has been quite active lately. There was an article on Fark a week or so ago after the first quake in San Fransisco that said it might be an ill omen. I don't know seismology, but since that article there's been an earthquake in LA and now this one.
Of course a couple earthquakes here as well, but that's fracking.
 
2014-03-30 08:43:16 PM

God-is-a-Taco: Western US has been quite active lately. There was an article on Fark a week or so ago after the first quake in San Fransisco that said it might be an ill omen. I don't know seismology, but since that article there's been an earthquake in LA and now this one.
Of course a couple earthquakes here as well, but that's fracking.


Maybe some unknown agency has an earthquake machine.
 
2014-03-30 09:19:45 PM

Nefarious: God-is-a-Taco: Western US has been quite active lately. There was an article on Fark a week or so ago after the first quake in San Fransisco that said it might be an ill omen. I don't know seismology, but since that article there's been an earthquake in LA and now this one.
Of course a couple earthquakes here as well, but that's fracking.

Maybe some unknown agency has an earthquake machine.


Mole people. They're secretly gathering their forces as we speak.
 
2014-03-30 09:58:07 PM
Even if Yellowstone did erupt, its typically not a big deal.  Yellowstone has had many, many minor eruptions through the years.  The huge, cataclysmic eruptions are very uncommon and occur extremely infrequently.

A minor eruption would still likely cause some problems, but it would be a far cry from the doomsday that people fear.
 
2014-03-30 10:07:07 PM

neongoats: Ahh fark it, I was about done with civilization anyway. The Bieber generation is starting to come of age.

cmon supervolcano
or asteroid


what if an asteroid hits the supervolcano?
 
2014-03-30 10:14:45 PM

Nem Wan: neongoats: Ahh fark it, I was about done with civilization anyway. The Bieber generation is starting to come of age.

cmon supervolcano
or asteroid

what if an asteroid hits the supervolcano?


This is why we own gold, people!
 
2014-03-30 10:40:29 PM
Funny thing is my church is pissed off at me because a year ago I mentioned that it might be a good idea to get earthquake insurance (we're in Los Angeles) before we try to bring in a bunch of money to pay off our mortgage, so we didn't end up trying to pay off two loans at once while trying to rebuild. Everyone laughed at me then.

Last week my inbox got flooded with a "So how soon do you think we can get a policy?" discussion.

/it's been 20 years since Northridge, and it was 20-ish years for the one before that. . . don't be stupid, people.
 
2014-03-30 10:54:40 PM

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


It got better.
 
2014-03-31 01:38:27 AM

MechaPyx: Nefarious: God-is-a-Taco: Western US has been quite active lately. There was an article on Fark a week or so ago after the first quake in San Fransisco that said it might be an ill omen. I don't know seismology, but since that article there's been an earthquake in LA and now this one.
Of course a couple earthquakes here as well, but that's fracking.

Maybe some unknown agency has an earthquake machine.

Mole people. They're secretly gathering their forces as we speak.


Thanks, Molebama!
 
2014-03-31 05:14:23 AM
I cannot hear or read the word "Magnitude" without my brain adding "Pop! Pop!"
 
2014-03-31 05:47:46 AM
J. Frank Parnell:

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

If it's any consolation. Life on earth will continue. Nature always finds a way.

/Humans just won't be there to see it.
//It's this or an asteroid, or a solar flare.
///Maybe a plague.
 
2014-03-31 06:48:11 AM

Peki: Funny thing is my church is pissed off at me because a year ago I mentioned that it might be a good idea to get earthquake insurance (we're in Los Angeles) before we try to bring in a bunch of money to pay off our mortgage, so we didn't end up trying to pay off two loans at once while trying to rebuild. Everyone laughed at me then.

Last week my inbox got flooded with a "So how soon do you think we can get a policy?" discussion.

/it's been 20 years since Northridge, and it was 20-ish years for the one before that. . . don't be stupid, people.


Sounds like church thinking to me. Long ago my then girlfriend's church refused to install air conditioning because these old koots thought that the cold air would "hurt the bricks".
 
2014-03-31 10:13:44 AM

Intrepid00: Meh. New Rick and Morty soon.


It's not as good as Bob's Burgers or American Dad or The Eric Andre Show or Loiter Squad or Metalocalypse, but it's better than anime.
 
2014-03-31 12:30:03 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: 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....


The rainbow is supposedly indicative of a promise that God made that he would never destroy the world again with water.

The next time, he'd do it with fire.

There's lots of fire in a volcano.

There's your spin... we may freeze or starve to death, but it will all be caused by fire.
 
2014-03-31 10:57:06 PM

EbolaNYC: Sounds like church thinking to me. Long ago my then girlfriend's church refused to install air conditioning because these old koots thought that the cold air would "hurt the bricks".


Right. . . I'm really hoping you lived somewhere that actually had a winter. . .

/because all those stone castles are really bothered by the cold weather in Europe. . .
 
2014-04-01 10:28:49 AM

LZeitgeist: Forbidden Doughnut: 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 figuratively 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....

The rainbow is supposedly indicative of a promise that God made that he would never destroy the world again with water.

The next time, he'd do it with fire.

There's lots of fire in a volcano.

There's your spin... we may freeze or starve to death, but it will all be caused by fire.


I believe that you are probably referring to the following:

2 Peter 3:10 " But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

Matthew 24:5-8 (emphasis mine)

"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."

 
2014-04-01 10:48:07 AM

washington-babylon: LZeitgeist: Forbidden Doughnut: 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 figuratively 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....

The rainbow is supposedly indicative of a promise that God made that he would never destroy the world again with water.

The next time, he'd do it with fire.

There's lots of fire in a volcano.

There's your spin... we may freeze or starve to death, but it will all be caused by fire.

I believe that you are probably referring to the following:

2 Peter 3:10 " But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

Matthew 24:5-8 (emphasis mine)

"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."


Good enough for me.
 
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