If this sucker blows up real good, life in the United States is pretty much over as we know it. Of course, there’s nothing you can do to prevent it and not much you can do to prepare for it. So, like a meteor strike, there’s not much point in worrying about it.
Scientists are predicting that the world’s largest super-volcano in one of America’s most popular national parks could erupt in the near future.
Yellowstone National Park’s caldera has erupted three times in the last 2.1million years and researchers monitoring it say we could be in for another eruption.
They said that the super-volcano underneath the Wyoming park has been rising at a record rate since 2004 – its floor has gone up three inches per year for the last three years alone, the fastest rate since records began in 1923.
It would explode with a force a thousand times more powerful than the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980.
Spewing lava far into the sky, a cloud of plant-killing ash would fan out and dump a layer 10ft deep up to 1,000 miles away.
Two-thirds of the U.S. could become uninhabitable as toxic air sweeps through it, grounding thousands of flights and forcing millions to leave their homes.
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And lucky me, I live within the outer edge of the potential, initial “ash zone”. Multiple feet of snow is bad enough, but several feet of ash wouldn’t be cool at all.
/however, I have no fear, because under Obama’s stellar leadership, much like a major terror attack, we would, no doubt, be able to “absorb” it
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