Animals Fleeing Yellowstone

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This map from the U.S. Geological Service shows the range of the volcanic ash that was deposited after the biggest of the Yellowstone National Park eruptions around 2.1 million years ago. "These eruptions left behind huge volcanic depressions called “calderas” and spread volcanic ash over large parts of North America," it said. "If another large caldera-forming eruption were to occur at Yellowstone, its effects would be worldwide. Thick ash deposits would bury vast areas of the United States, and injection of huge volumes of volcanic gases into the atmosphere could drastically affect global climate. Fortunately, the Yellowstone volcanic system shows no signs that it is headed toward such an eruption in the near future. In fact, the probability of any such event occurring at Yellowstone within the next few thousand years is exceedingly low."

Yellowstone Volcano Eruption in 2014? Are Animals Fleeing Park As ‘An Alert’?
By Zachary Stieber, Epoch Times | March 31, 2014

A number of bloggers are posting videos that show bison and other animals allegedly leaving Yellowstone National Park, prompting theories that as earthquakes ramp up the seismic activity will set off the Yellowstone supervolcano.

Two of the main bloggers behind the discussion stress that there’s no way to know when the supervolcano will go off but note that the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that hit on March 30 seemed to set off a reaction from the animals, who are moving for a reason.

“Whether I believe this, or whether I don’t believe the story or not, I don’t know. I can tell you this story I saw this morning about the buffaloes running the street … whether or not it’s because of any activity in Yellowstone or not, I don’t know,” said blogger Jay Lee, who posted a story on his site

“But I’ll tell you this, whatever the case may be, that their running away from Yellowstone is an alert of some sort.”

“It also could be from this video, where poachers are killing them, chasing them, abusing them, running them around,” he said. “Could be hundreds of things for them to be running. I wanted you to listen [to the videos] and make up your own mind on what to think. “

A series of smaller quakes have hit the region over the past few weeks, and those quakes have been linked to the recent 5.1 magnitude quake (and aftershocks) that hit in the Los Angeles region.

Tom Lupshu, who describes himself as a “noted Ohio survivalist and search-and-rescue expert,” said on YouTube that nearly one quarter of the northern elk herd at Yellowstone National Park are missing, according to the annual winter count.

“Biologists aren’t sure if there’s been a stunning decline in the herd or if other factors have skewed the tally,” he said. “Current Helium releases at 1000 times above normal. Complete media blackout. Herds of bison running for their lives on the public roadways and they were not being chased or rounded up, the bison were running down the mountain slopes onto roadways running right past a filming crew. They detect something vast and deadly. The Yellowstone Supervolcano is the only thing there that would fit the bill.”

Lupshu said in a later video that scientists say they can’t predict when the Supervolcano will erupt.

“But one thing is for sure. The more the Earthquakes in the region, the more are the chances of the volcano being activated from its dormant state. Last time an earthquake struck in 1980. But the force of nature has acted up once again.”

The supervolcano refers to the huge magma chamber beneath the park, which is in Wyoming.

Supervolcano Far Bigger Than Thought

Researchers recently discovered that the supervolcano is far bigger than previously thought, about 2.5 times.

“We’ve been working there for a long time, and we’ve always thought it would be bigger… but this finding is astounding,” said Bob Smith of the University of Utah.

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Hot springs are evidence of the gigantic supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park. (NPS)

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map of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming showing Yellowstone in the middle

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map of Yellowstone showing epicenter in northwest just outside the park on the Montana side

The findings point to the potentially disastrous consequences if the volcano were ever to blow.

The last major eruption is thought to have happened around 640,000 years ago and sent ash across the entire North America.

Smith said researchers are unsure when the supervolcano would erupt again. Two other eruptions happened, one 2.1 million years ago, and the other 1.3 million years ago, Smith said. One theory is that eruptions happen every 700,000 years ago, but Smith said more data is needed to back that theory up.

The United States Geological Service’s Yellowstone Observatory emphasized in February bulletin that earthquake activity in and around Yellowstone is normal, because between 1,000 and 3,000 typically occur each year.

That includes several each year of magnitudes between 3 and 5.

“Although rising magma and hot-ground-water movement cause some earthquakes, many occur as the result of Basin and Range extension of the western U.S. This tectonic environment has created a series of regional faults that are responsible for large and devastating earthquakes in the Yellowstone region along the Teton and Hebgen Lake Faults. Most recently, a devastating Mw7.3 (Ms 7.5) earthquake in 1959 killed 28 people and caused $11 million in damage (1959 dollars). The majority of the damage occurred as a result of a large landslide that was triggered by the quake,” it said.

“Geologists conclude that large earthquakes like the Hebgen Lake event are unlikely within the Yellowstone Caldera itself, because subsurface temperatures there are high, weakening the bedrock and making it less able to rupture. However, quakes within the caldera can be as large as magnitude 6.5. A quake of about this size that occurred in 1975 near Norris Geyser Basin was felt throughout the region.”

The 4.7 quake on Sunday happened four miles north-northeast of the Norris Geyser Basin. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations termed it “a light earthquake.” It also said that it was part of a series of quakes that includes at least 25 quakes.

The service previously said that research shows earthquakes often happen in clusters in the park, calling them multiplets, or families of repeating earthquakes. Over 15,000 of the more than 33,000 earthquakes that happened between 1984 and 2010 happened in the same location with similar motions from the same seismic sources.

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Example of Yellowstone earthquake multiplets (families of repeating earthquakes) that can occur over periods of tens of years from similar seismic sources on the same geological structure. (USGS)

The service also says on its website that “Tere is no evidence that a catastrophic eruption at Yellowstone National Park (YNP) is imminent. Current geologic activity at Yellowstone has remained relatively constant since earth scientists first started monitoring some 30 years ago. Though another caldera-forming eruption is theoretically possible, it is very unlikely to occur in the next thousand or even 10,000 years.

“The most likely activity would be lava flows such as those that occurred after the last major eruption. Such a lava flow would ooze slowly over months and years, allowing plenty of time for park managers to evaluate the situation and protect people. No scientific evidence indicates such a lava flow will occur soon.”

It did admit that the Yellowstone Volcano is still active, and that nothing can be done to prevent an eruption.

The National Park Service says that:

“At Yellowstone and some other volcanoes, some scientists theorize that the earth’s crust fractures and cracks in a concentric or ring-fracture pattern. At some point these cracks reach the magma ‘reservoir,’ release the pressure, and the volcano explodes. The huge amount of material released causes the volcano to collapse into a huge crater—a caldera.”

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Yellowstone's caldera

The Geological Service adds: “The youngest, the Yellowstone Caldera, was formed 640,000 years ago. Since then, about 80 eruptions of rhyolite (thick, sticky lava) and basalt (more-fluid lava) have occurred. The caldera’s interior is largely covered by rhyolites, most erupted in the past 160,000 years. Large hydrothermal (steam)-explosion craters formed in the past 14,000 years are located near Yellowstone Lake and in major geyser basins.

“Any renewed volcanic activity at Yellowstone would most likely take the form of such mainly nonexplosive lava eruptions. An eruption of lava could cause widespread havoc in the park, including fires and the loss of roads and facilities, but more distant areas would probably remain largely unaffected.”

Referring to helium emissions, the agency said that the research into helium conditions that was published earlier this year “has nothing to do with current activity at Yellowstone, and has no implications about volcanic hazards.”

Sounds like we should all go to Confession!
Anything posted on April 1 must be an April Fools joke.  Right? Right? RIGHT?

And this rule applies as long as it is still April 1 where _I_ am. Right?
(04-02-2014, 01:42 AM)Doce Me Wrote: Anything posted on April 1 must be an April Fools joke.  Right? Right? RIGHT?

And this rule applies as long as it is still April 1 where _I_ am. Right?

I wish.  But April Fools' jokes are supposed to be funny. Ain't nothing funny about this stuff.

On a lighter note, it was nice to see bison running -- even if in terror. Sigh.

Maybe the animals know something we don't.  But from the official statements at the end of the article it looks like the experts are saying that a volcanic eruption is not happening any time soon, or if it does, it isn't the major disaster that happened 640,000 years ago. 
They say that because they don't want to cause a mass panic or have people no longer visit the park and lose money.

Living in the country it's easy to look to the animals for signs of things to come.  When everyone was calling for a mild winter here in Kentucky, I kept saying, no it will be a bad one.  My chickens molted early, my dogs were shedding very early in the fall, the wooly worms were either all orange or all black, not mixed as is normal.  Sure enough, winter stunk. 

Just today we had a pop up hail storm roll through.  I was out in my coop putting up rabbits.  The one hen started to make really funny noises, not her normal clucking, the horses started to run wildly in the paddock. My LSD started to bark like crazy.  Had no clue what their issue was.  Then here comes the hail, and quite alot of it. 

The animals know.
This IS a very big issue and it has been getting bantered about in the alternative news for years. There have been methane releases in valleys that have killed off deer and other animals as the gas is heavy and fills a valley up like water, pushing out the breathable air, leaving this toxic a deadly, unscented gas to kill without warning. Scary indeed. The west has quite a number of smaller 'old' volcanoes that could easily rejuvenate under tectonic stresses. Much of the Rockies and the western ranges have active and 'extinct' (for now) volcanoes.
It is days like this when I entertain the notion that we are living through some Lovecraftian cosmic-horror story. I know that the people who write these articles are not trying to engage in deliberate fear-mongering, but I am a bit torn to how as to how I feel about the plethora of dooms day news reports. On the one hand, I find it a blessing as they tend to be very sobering. We have no control over our lives, in that we cannot manipulate reality so that we will not meet untimely ends and so on. To be reminded of our smallest is very beneficial when it comes to penance. We must not delay in turning to God. But, I also think that it can also cause others to despair and perhaps also to internalize a nihilistic world view, in that due to the vast amount of reportage on the "end-times" people might be led to believe that the world is not governed by a loving God, but rather that we are at the mercy of an uncaring universe that is quite ready, at every turn to wipe us out.

Anyway, as to my two cents, it seems as if it does not matter if this is reported or not in the media. Unlike the disaster in Japan, we cannot clean this up. If it blows--it blows and nothing can be done about it. One cannot relocate the entirety of North America.
I must be the only person wishing DC were built on a volcano . . .  Politicians - spawn of Satan - all of them.
Well it is Spring after all, could it be bison migration season?

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