ASU Researchers Say Yellowstone Mega Eruption Nearer Than We Think
Researchers at Arizona State University have sent shockwaves (pun intended) throughout the scientific community this morning by announcing that Yellowstone could erupt in much faster order than we all think. Additionally, it could wipe out life on earth as we know it. But wait, I thought Yellowstone erupting into a plum of death ash was just stuff we read on conspiracy prepper news sites? At least that’s been the response when we’ve reported the Yellowstone earthquake swarm events that have been taking place since last mid-Summer.
In an article published on National Geographic, two researchers, Christy Till and Hannah Shamloo, issued a surprise warning for mankind after sifting through data, such as remaining ash from previous, most recent, eruptions. Here’s where things get rather scary: The findings suggest that temperature swings only take decades. Prior to this knowledge, science thought it was centuries worth of time. Ah, science is never settled, my friends. Which is why one should always have their bug out bag essentials packed and ready.
“We expected that there might be processes happening over thousands of years preceding the eruption,” Till told the New York Times.
This is all on the heels of another study that showed Yellowstone’s magma reservoirs have moved 10 inches in roughly seven years. There has also been recent information suggesting that the magma underneath of Yellowstone is vaster than once thought. “Settled science” is never settled. That’s because it is science.
The last eruption in Yellowstone was over 600,000 years ago. And before that, it was 1.3 million years ago.
What’s worse? The fallout from a Yellowstone eruption could be devastating to our planet. It could explode ash and rock into the air at a rate 2.5 times worse than Mount St. Helens did in 1980.
But not to worry, NASA plans to manipulate heat in Yellowstone’s underbelly as a way to save the world.
A Yellowstone eruption would send plumes of deadly ash and rock exploding into the sky for miles. Within 50 miles, your chance of survival would be thin to none. Beyond that, your livelihood would be highly dependent on your prepper plan. Yes, you should have an escape plan in place well before any catastrophic event occurs. The key is knowing the direction the plume is likely to steer so that you can avoid driving right into it. If you can, have a bug out vehicle ready to go.
If you live in the region, make sure you have masks that filter out ash on hand for both yourself and your entire family. Make sure you have a water supply and food storage in case you get trapped inside of your home. And I’d suggest looking into having self-defense measures as I would expect a power failure. Vitamin D would also be good as there is no telling how long the sun could be blocked for. This would also prevent gardens from thriving.
A Yellowstone eruption is without question, our biggest mainland threat. And this sort of eruption would threaten life all over the planet. Prepping is not for the paranoid, it is for the wise. Those who prepare early sleep better.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.