Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Doom and Gloom or Time to Say Goodbye?

Have you been following the reports of the recent swarm of earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park lately? Over 250 in the last several days, some barely a tremor, others up to a magnitude of 3.9. Now it’s not unusual for there to be quakes in this region. There are roughly 2000 a year. They’re normally more spread out than they have been recently.

What does it mean? Ah, that’s the thing. The experts don’t exactly know at the present time. It could develop into something big. Or not. They’re monitoring it for public safety but a park ranger that was interviewed said, “There doesn’t seem to be anything to be alarmed about.” Were it me I would have added a yet at the end of it, just to cover my ass.

Why? Because another article I read suggests this seismic activity could eventually result in a supervolcano. If that happened, life as we know it around here would cease to exist. Within weeks, all living, breathing things to the east of the eruption would be smothered.

Keep in mind that Yellowstone is located in the caldera of a volcano that last erupted 70,000 years ago and that the area remains a hotbed of geothermal activity. The park itself has over 10, 000 geysers and hot springs which serve as a constant reminder that there is a pool of magna a mere five to ten miles underground.

So you tell me? Should I cross it off my list of places to see and start packing to move in with Amarinda now since she's about as far from here as I can get or do I have some time before I have to worry?

Okay I know I said this last week too but it bears repeating. Whatever you do tonight, be safe, be happy and be good to yourself. Happy New Year everyone.


Amarinda Jones said...

Yellowstone was one of my favourite places in the US to visit. What does all the rumbling mean? Could be the earth is a tad pissed with the way we have been treating it - and the thing is the earth is alive and it's pretty much going to do whatever it likes when it likes.

Regina Carlysle said...

I, for one, believe the earth is pissed off.