NASA Plans To ‘Steal Heat’ From Yellowstone Volcano
Yellowstone National park, for some preppers, is considered the most relevant and large scale threat that the United States must consider. And for good reason. Yellowstone is essentially, a volcano that could blow its top at any time. The massive reservoir of magma sitting beneath of Yellowstone could do considerable, long-term and even doomsday style damage to not only anyone in the region but anyone in the U.S. mainland. While only 30 to 40 miles would succumb to the encapsulation of lava, cold ash would likely spread much further than that via the wind. That could be 500 or even 1,000 miles. That could mean the fine folks of Boston and New York City would be subjected to ash rain. Airports would be inoperable. The sun’s rays to earth compromised. It has all the makings of a nuclear winter. Get your bug out bag essentials ready to go, folks, because this doesn’t sound good at all.
And now it seems, NASA is particularly worried. A former NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defence named Brian Wilcox claims that NASA is about to implement a “risky” strategy in order to prevent an eruption. And he says that could amount to nothing short of a disaster. Imagine that, man interfering being a bad thing. I know it’s hard, but go ahead and try.
One way NASA want’s to attempt to thwart a potential eruption is to drill down into the volcano’s magma chamber and release heat from it. They would be using forced water pressure to do so. I don’t need to be a former NASA Advisory Council member to see this as a potentially terrible idea. And neither does our resident expert.
“If you drill into the top of the magma chamber and try and cool it from there, this would be very risky,” Wilcox said.
But don’t get the wrong idea, Wilcox does think man needs to intervene (sigh….).
He told the BBC: “I was a member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defence which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets.
“I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.”
In case you are wondering, the last super volcano blew its top over 26,000 years ago in New Zealand. We have 20 super volcanoes that are currently known to inhabit our planet today. The threat is real, fellow preppers.
Wilcox believes that Yellowstone is particularly frightening, saying, “Yellowstone explodes roughly every 600,000 years, and it is about 600,000 years since it last exploded, which should cause us to sit up and take notice.”
I am not one that believes man should be in the business of attempting to alter mother nature. I see too many scenarios where such manipulation can go drastically wrong. Injecting water into the earth is similar to fracking, which has been shown to cause earthquakes. I understand I’m just a guy who runs a prepper website and certainly not a scientist, however, I think common sense applied in these cases is our best defense from harm and my common sense says that man intervening in a massive super volcano is bad form.
We can’t stop mother nature, but we can attempt to prepare for potential fall out. We are a complex thinking species and we have a unique ability to defend ourselves via preparation. And now the fact that NASA is likely to attempt to manipulate the massive volcano, we can’t be prepared enough.
What If Yellowstone Erupts?
It could happen. The first step in saving ourselves is realizing the potential for Yellowstone to erupt. If it does happen, immediately stay calm and gather yourself. If you’re near the eruption (within 100 miles) you will need to likely evacuate. There should be evacuation orders, but hopefully, you already had a plan to evacuate prior and know exactly where you will go. Hopefully, you have a bug out bag for the family that you can grab (or several depending on family members). Downwind of the eruption will be the worst zones for safety, so having a moderate understanding for where wind valleys exist could help you avoid being too exposed to the ash. If you remain in your home, make sure to seal up the home (shut windows and doors). You will want to allow the ash to settle.
Your vehicle should always have gas, that’s just smart prepping. Your bug out bag should contain essential medications. I know we often mock prepper sites for using the imagery of the person sporting a gas mask, but seriously, a good gas mask is a wonderful thing to have. If you can’t breathe, you die. And you will need water, you can check out my survival water filter guide.
Let’s hope that NASA doesn’t decide to ultimately “play with fire,” or in this case, “play with magma.” I’d like to think that common sense will prevail. But I’m often sorely let down. Nevertheless, Yellowstone is a real threat, but there isn’t much we can do about it. Worrying about it makes little sense. Beyond taking preparations, if you have the ability to move away from it, that would serve you well. But no matter where you live, you will always be subjected to threats. That’s the cycle of life.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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