|A Pace Odyssey||
Blog Post By: Dakota James
The last time the Yellowstone caldera erupted was 664,000 years ago, meaning it is long overdue for another "super eruption." Yellowstone has erupted a total of 3 times, each one calculated to be a devastating disaster. If this massive volcano was to erupt again scientists assume the ash would block the sun for an extended period of time, significantly enough to change our global climate. Ultimately the ash and toxicity of the air is what scientists fear more than the initial blast. However, there are many skewed conspiracies out there about this super volcano. Some say it may never erupt again after the last explosion created a 34x50 mile wide depression in the Earth, now known as the Yellowstone caldera. Although some remain scared because "a super-eruption could conceivably bury the northern Rockies in three feet of ash — devastating large swaths of Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, and Utah." This could be especially alarming for those of us who live only 237 miles away (Salmon, Idaho) from this sleeping chamber of magma. Does this mean we should prepare? What if the volcano erupted? Could the blast be exponentially smaller or bigger than scientists predict? Is it fascinating or terrifying? What are your opinions/thoughts on the Yellowstone caldera?
Personally I have always been a fanatic for volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes, or maybe it is just the immense power of nature. I do not see any benefit in becoming paranoid over the thought of Yellowstone erupting. For one, living so close to the center of the blast would limit my ability to escape it anyway and secondly it is nature's course which I cannot change. However I think having a bug out plan, in event the caldera did blow, is a good idea. I do not expect Yellowstone to explode during my life time as most people don't. Although when it does, I am not sure scientists will have accurately calculated the energy it will release. Reason being, no human source has lived through any of the previous blasts. That said, I am not worried whatsoever about Yellowstone erupting because I think it would be kind of cool, maybe that is a problem haha.