CNN Oversimplifies The Danger of Yellowstone National Park


As I read the headline on CNN this morning, I was amazed to see them referring to Yellowstone’s ancient (?) Volcano – which is an oversimplification of the facts, if not grossly misleading. Yellowstone IS NOT the location of an “ancient volcano”, but the site of one of the world’s largest “Super-Volcanoes” which if it ever erupted in our lifetimes, would spell disaster not only for the United States – but could easily be labeled as an extinction level event, and that’s far more serious than CNN’s article would lead anyone to believe:

Magma pushing up ground in Yellowstone


* Molten rock flowing up at rate of three inches per year, study found
* No evidence that an eruption is imminent, study author says
* Yellowstone was once site of giant volcano
* Park is site of Old Faithful and hundreds of other geysers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yellowstone National Park, once the site of a giant volcano, has begun swelling up, possibly because molten rock is accumulating beneath the surface, scientists report.

But, “there is no evidence of an imminent volcanic eruption,” said Robert B. Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.

Many giant volcanic craters around the world go up and down over decades without erupting, he said.

Smith and colleagues report in Friday’s issue of the journal Science that the flow of the ancient Yellowstone crater has been moving upward almost 3 inches per year for the past three years. MUCH MORE

This so-called volcano is far more than CNN represents it to be, and while I’m not predicting an eminent eruption, the rise of three inches per year, to the best of my knowledge and belief -is unprecedented! Here are a couple of reference points for you to judge how serious an eruption in Yellowstone would be:

Supervolcanoes

First shown: BBC2 9:30pm Thursday 3rd February 2000

Exploding VolcanoHidden deep beneath the Earth’s surface lie one of the most destructive and yet least-understood natural phenomena in the world – supervolcanoes. Only a handful exist in the world but when one erupts it will be unlike any volcano we have ever witnessed. The explosion will be heard around the world. The sky will darken, black rain will fall, and the Earth will be plunged into the equivalent of a nuclear winter.

Normal volcanoes are formed by a column of magma – molten rock – rising from deep within the Earth, erupting on the surface, and hardening in layers down the sides. This forms the familiar cone shaped mountain we associate with volcanoes. Supervolcanoes, however, begin life when magma rises from the mantle to create a boiling reservoir in the Earth’s crust. This chamber increases to an enormous size, building up colossal pressure until it finally erupts.

The last supervolcano to erupt was Toba 74,000 years ago in Sumatra. Ten thousand times bigger than Mt St Helens, it created a global catastrophe dramatically affecting life on Earth. Scientists know that another one is due – they just don’t know when… or where. MUCH MORE

Still think Yellowstone is just another volcano? Here’s one more point of reference, and if you choose to research it on your own, there’s a wealth of information on the Internet in regard this subject, and while I’m not attempting to instill fear or panic, as no one can reliably predict when such an eruption could occur, three (s) inches per year far dwarf’s any previous bulging of this site that I’m currently aware of:

Supervolcano Yellowstone

Scientists evaluate natural-hazard levels by combining their knowledge of the frequency and the severity of hazardous events. In the Yellowstone region, damaging hydrothermal explosions and earthquakes can occur several times a century. Lava flows and small volcanic eruptions occur only rarely—none in the past 70,000 years. Massive caldera-forming eruptions, though the most potentially devastating of Yellowstone’s hazards, are extremely rare—only three have occurred in the past several million years. U.S. Geological Survey, University of Utah, and National Park Service scientists with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) see no evidence that another such cataclysmic eruption will occur at Yellowstone in the foreseeable future. Recurrence intervals of these events are neither regular nor predictable. credit: USGS

Scientists have revealed that Yellowstone Park has been on a regular eruption cycle of 600,000 years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago…so the next is overdue. The next eruption could be 2,500 times the size of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. Volcanologists have been tracking the movement of magma under the park and have calculated that in parts of Yellowstone the ground has risen over seventy centimeters this century. (Emphasis added.) MUCH MORE

William Cormier

FOOTNOTE: The reference material herein states that during the past century, the caldera at Yellowstone National Park has raised a total of 70 Centimeters this past century, which equates to 27.5590 inches. When we consider that this “bulge” has risen nine (9) inches in just the past three years – it appears that something is rapidly changing at Yellowstone in relative terms, however I do not have the expertise to determine the actual significance of this event(s), however do realize that it appears to be rising at an unprecedented rate – which was not acknowledged by CNN. In an approximation of the significance of this event, it equates to Yellowstone’s “bulge” having increased almost 33% in the past three (3) years as opposed to it’s gradual bulging over the past century. This has to have a certain amount of significance – although I’m hoping we can get an honest assessment of what this means in real terms as to why it has significantly become more active these past three years.




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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wjcormier wjcormier

    Legoland;

    What type of info are you looking for. I have researched Yellowstone extremely well, and the general public is currently unaware of how much of a threat Yellowstone presents to humanity. Some of the latest figures are unprecedented, and although I'm not a scientist or geophysicist, I am an pretty-good researcher, and although this "threat" is being downplayed, it's at least 45-85 thousand years overdue for an event – and that 's based on prior data. For the very first time in my life, I predicted a major volcanic/earthquake by the end of the year for The U.S. and/or Alaska either in this or a prior article. As you know, three volcanoes erupted simultaneously in the ALEUTIAN Island chain last month, and even that is unprecedented in our current understanding of volcanoes. Also, I'm not sure the triple eruption in Alaska, while proving me right, may not be the one I expect to come. I'm still on the fence on that one, and this is a subject that holds much more interest for me than politics..

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wjcormier wjcormier

    Legoland;

    What type of info are you looking for. I have researched Yellowstone extremely well, and the general public is currently unaware of how much of a threat Yellowstone presents to humanity. Some of the latest figures are unprecedented, and although I'm not a scientist or geophysicist, I am an pretty-good researcher, and although this "threat" is being downplayed, it's at least 45-85 thousand years overdue for an event – and that 's based on prior data. For the very first time in my life, I predicted a major volcanic/earthquake by the end of the year for The U.S. and/or Alaska either in this or a prior article. As you know, three volcanoes erupted simultaneously in the ALEUTIAN Island chain last month, and even that is unprecedented in our current understanding of volcanoes. Also, I'm not sure the triple eruption in Alaska, while proving me right, may not be the one I expect to come. I'm still on the fence on that one, and this is a subject that holds much more interest for me than politics..

  • legoland

    uuummmmmm im doin a report on the yellowstone activity for a HS project, i need some info plz help!!!!!!!!
    o BTW project do in a weeek so plz reply fast

  • legoland

    uuummmmmm im doin a report on the yellowstone activity for a HS project, i need some info plz help!!!!!!!!
    o BTW project do in a weeek so plz reply fast

  • Mike

    Should this happen in our lifetime it will change civilisations overnight. 20,000 years from now, people will ridicule the idea that we were more advanced than them.

  • Mike

    Should this happen in our lifetime it will change civilisations overnight. 20,000 years from now, people will ridicule the idea that we were more advanced than them.

  • K.P.

    Keep a close eye on Hawaii. There is a connection with microquake/quake activity in Hawaii, and microquake activity at Yellowstone. USGS does not show swarm activity at Yellowstone. This happened during Hawaii’s last major quakes. Swarm activity at Yellowstone increased to over 150 microquakes with the 6+ in Hawaii. They were not shown on the maps.
    Also note that Utah does not have anywhere near the seismic monitors placed that is should have so microquake activity in the magmic loop that feeds through Yellowstone is insuffiently monitored.

  • K.P.

    Keep a close eye on Hawaii. There is a connection with microquake/quake activity in Hawaii, and microquake activity at Yellowstone. USGS does not show swarm activity at Yellowstone. This happened during Hawaii’s last major quakes. Swarm activity at Yellowstone increased to over 150 microquakes with the 6+ in Hawaii. They were not shown on the maps.
    Also note that Utah does not have anywhere near the seismic monitors placed that is should have so microquake activity in the magmic loop that feeds through Yellowstone is insuffiently monitored.

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