Increased seismic activity around Yellowstone has frequently produced speculation that an eruption may be imminent, but thankfully the supervolcano has failed to deliver.
Eruptions of supervolcanoes (VEI 8’s) are very rare, the last one was seen 26,500 years ago (Lake Taupo, New Zealand), and it was 640,000 years ago that Yellowstone saw a super eruption.
The last Yellowstone eruption and the one at Lake Taupo were much the same size. The Taupo eruption plunged the Earth into a volcanic winter and is believed to have wiped out an estimated 60% of the human population.
There is no doubt that Yellowstone will erupt again and such an event is already overdue, but no one can predict the size of the eruption, or the damage it will cause.
I found this latest prediction HERE and wouldn’t normally mention it, but for some reason I felt this should be an exception.
Whilst I do have some unusual abilities (occasionally), I would not consider myself a psychic. However, before actually finding the article “Yellowstone Eruption Days Away?” I had been getting a feeling that some catastrophic event was due to take place and that it might involve Yellowstone.
Although I have taken an interest in the quakes around Yellowstone in the past, I must be honest and say that I haven’t bothered just lately. However, according to the article “The current earthquake swarm at Yellowstone can now be called the longest and most eventful in modern history.”
Is there anything to the prediction made, or my recent feelings? We shall have to wait and see.
If Yellowstone should erupt, what can we expect?
The destruction would of course depend very much on the size of the actual eruption. If it were as big as the last one, there would be a considerable number of deaths in the immediate area. Ash would then spread over a much wider area causing yet more deaths and the ash clouds would eventually affect the whole planet.
As the ash clouds will block the Sun, temperatures would fall and we would experience a volcanic winter. This in turn would affect crops and create food shortages, producing more casualties.
Apart from the environmental damage that such an eruption would cause, there are also the economic effects to consider, such as trade, employment and business in general. The United States would obviously be the worst affected and probably be unable to function for some years. But this would also indirectly affect many other countries.
Although a supervolcano eruption would be devastating for the whole planet, there are perhaps some potentially long term benefits. In humanity’s fight for survival we can expect to see an end to wars, more unity between different races and religions, and a natural solution to the over-population we are currently seeing.
Nature has shown us many times that it can solve our problems far more efficiently than man ever could. Maybe, with all the terrible things happening in our world, such a catastrophic event should not be seen as the end of the world, but a new beginning?