December 30, 2008

End Times Alert

Just in case you want something else to worry about this new years.....

Scientists eye unusual swarm of Yellowstone quakes

Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come. Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.

I saw something on Discovery Channel a while back about "super-volcanos" - which identified the Yellowstone Caldera as the largest of such volcanoes on the planet. This website goes into some depth:

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.

Poking around online, I find a significant number of websites filled with prophesy and bible code predictions about a significant eruption in Yellowstone. Pretty scary. Am I messed up for taking some solace that (a) the bible code predictions seem to be in the past (2004, 2007) and (b) the scope of the cataclysm as described in these events is significantly less (mere global disruption) than that in the Discovery Channel series (end of life as we know it on the planet).

Of course, the way we humans have been treating the planet in recent years, I would not be surprised if a little karmic payback came our way.....

2 comments:

sandy shoes said...

In my undergrad volcanology course, the prof told us that as far as she and geological time were concerned, Yellowstone's going to blow any minute. Sell tickets, she said.

That was over 20 years ago -- geologically speaking, no time at all.

It's a strange thing to have your head in both time frames at once.

Jude said...

I'd like to buy a ticket, but maybe not front row. Somewhere just this side of the Mississippi would be fine....