Scientists Warn Supervolcano Eruption More Likely Now
With Mount Agung spewing ash and lava in Bali, on the brink of a major eruption, many others of us are wondering exactly what our exposure to volcano risk levels are. The answer is not so simple, of course. Volcanoes, in general, are considered, often, to be localized catastrophes. And that’s not exactly untrue. If you live in Wyoming, your life and property are not in harm’s way of a Mount Agung eruption. But volcanoes are not that simple, as I explain my volcano eruption survival guide. And bringing in an even deeper complexity into the matter is the threat of what is known as “supervolcanoes.”
A supervolcano is capable of setting our modern world back into the dark ages. It could take out the power grid, cause our air quality to become unbreathable, and subject us to months and years sans sunlight. We aren’t incredibly familiar with the idea of a super volcano, mostly because they never happen (if they happened at all, odds are, you wouldn’t be reading this prepper volcano article). This is because the wrath of supervolcanoes is typically released 10,000 and more years apart.
But here’s the problem. A new research study is now claiming that the frequency between catastrophic supervolcano events is much less than what we’ve always considered it to be. Supervolcanoes are going to happen, we understand this, but we’ve turned a blind eye to them over the years feeling as though we aren’t living in a time that offers much probability that a supervolcano would torch our planet. This new research suggests that we may need to get our bug out bag essentials ready, because supervolcanos may be more of a concern than we ever imagined.
University of Bristol Professor, Jonathan Rougier, led the study, and told The Sun that “On balance, we have been slightly lucky not to experience any super-eruptions since then.”
But Rougier also says that the lack of supervolcanic activity over the past 20k years doesn’t imply we are “overdue.” “Nature is not that regular,” he extends.
If a supervolcano eruption were to take place, the earth would be subjected to a cover of ash and debris. And beyond that, a massive eruption would also reshape the earth’s climate in ways we can’t project. Life as we know it would end, or be extremely altered beyond recognition. The earth would likely be cast into a prehistoric type era. If you read our prepper news site enough, you are more than aware that the movement to prep for such times has never been more pronounced.
Prior estimations on supervolcanic eruptions were 45k to 714k in frequency, which placed our era well-beyond such horrifying risk. However, the new number is 17k. That’s a rather bold change and not one that’s favorable to our current being. The new findings were printed in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Not that you really should subject yourself to further depressing literature (I’ve got you covered).
Supervolcano Eruption – “Nuclear Winter”
If a massive eruption were to occur, in say, Yellowstone, the entire mainland of the United States would be at immediate risk of a nuclear winter. A nuclear winter means the sun is blacked out by ash rendering most plant growth to nill. Without the ability to grow plants, animals can’t eat. And when animals stop eating, humans begin to have a difficult time surviving. The only way to survive is to hopefully have one of the best survival water filters on hand, as well as a food storage supply of canned foods or prepper specific foods. Being able to filter your water is good practice no matter what the circumstances may be. Your city water supply can become tainted via acts of terrorism or deadly plagues, making it essential to possess the ability to obtain clean versions of water for your family. You can go a while without food, but not without water.
Additionally, you might look into purchasing the family breathing masks. They aren’t expensive and could come in handy for a variety of reasons beyond just a supervolcano eruption.
What’s most important is to prepare, but not panic or obsess. Once you are prepared, you’ve done your part and further obsessing over somethign that isn’t likely to happen will just cause you to experience anxiety. And that’s not a good way to live. Enjoy life, smell the roses, but prepare to encounter a few thorns along the path. That’s my sage advice.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.