Yellowstone Grumbles, La Palma Rumbles – What can we do?

 

Volcano warning: Canary Islands panic as earthquakes hit La Palma – 40 tremors in 48 hours

FEARS of a volcano erupting on the Canary Islands has sparked panic as the Spanish archipelago was hit by more than 40 earthquake tremors in just 48 hours.

Daily Express

La Palma was rocked by more than 40 seismic movements of low magnitude and intensity between 1.5 and 2.7 on the Richter scale, according to the data of the National Geographic Institute.

The biggest earthquake, recorded at around 1pm on Saturday, had a magnitude of 2.7 and took place in the area of the Natural Park Cumbre Vieja, 28 kilometres deep.

The second largest quake, of 2.6, took place at 1.23pm on Sunday in the same area, while the third quake erupted at midnight on Monday, reaching a magnitude of 2.1, according to the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan).

The earthquakes from the huge Cumbre Vieja volcano have sparked panic across the Canary Islands, with volcano experts pulled in to examine the unusual seismic activity.

Threat Of Devastating ‘Supervolcano’ Eruption At Yellowstone Is Greater Than Previously Thought

Scientists from the US Geological Survey who breezily informed the public that there’s “nothing to worry about” with regards to the Yellowstone caldera, a supervolcano that should it erupt could cause potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths, should be eating their words.

Since about mid-July, the earth beneath the volcano has been shifting in a sign that magma could be rushing into the caldera’s main chamber. Since then, there have been roughly 2,500 small-scale earthquakes recorded near the volcano, the largest stretch on record. Previous estimates had assumed that the process that led to the eruption took millenniums to occur.

The same estimates that USGS based their warning on.

As the New York Times explains, the Yellowstone caldera is a behemoth far more powerful than your average volcano. It has the ability to expel more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of rock and ash at once, 2,500 times more material than erupted from Mount St. Helens in 1980, which killed 57 people. That could blanket most of the United States in a thick layer of ash and even plunge the Earth into a volcanic winter.

And if these two blow together, there’s only one thing we can do …

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Thought Provoking

Not being funny today, it’s been far too hectic.

I’ve heard a lot of people saying over the weekend however that the double disaster of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has shown them just how powerful nature is and how helpless even the most advanced nations are when the earth goddess snaps her fingers.

Maybe now we will stop listening to the siren song of scientists who tell us they can tame the forces of nature. Maybe they can on a mathematical model but reality is just a tad different.

So we will keep taking the piss out of people who are wasting money and brain power on researching the perfect toast and marmalade or discovering empathic chickens (see last two days posts) and let you know what the 52% of your money the government spends for you is being wasted on.

Making Small Waves

An Earthquake on the seabed to the North East of Japan triggered a tsunami alert yesterday. The quake, 8.1 (pretty powerful) on the Richter scale prompted warnings of a tsunami 2 metres (six feet) high at sea, getting much higher at it approached land.
When the wave did hit the shore it was only 20 cm (9 inches.)
Let’s face is, the Japanese are effing brilliant. Only they could be smart enough to make a tsunami that will fit on a microchip.