Saturday, October 31, 2015

Yellowstone Super Volcano About To Blow?

by JASmius

Nah, probably not:

A huge crack that has formed in the foothills of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains is not a sign that Yellowstone's massive underground volcano is about to erupt, or anything else more sinister: It's just something that opened naturally, scientists are saying.

The crack measures 750 yards long and fifty yards wide, reports Mother Nature Network, and was discovered by back country hunters who were out hunting for game, not geological mysteries.

The chasm was first reported by SNS Outfitter & Guides, a hunting company, on its Facebook page earlier this week and after that, the news — and the conspiracy theories — have been growing...

The gash appeared over the course of only a few weeks, MNN reports, and shows that large geological events can occur quickly....

But as it turns out, the crack isn't related to the Yellowstone supervolcano, or anything worse, despite the claims swirling around online about it.

"Apparently, a wet spring lubricated across a cap rock," an engineer has told SNS. "Then, a small spring on either side caused the bottom to slide out. He estimated fifteen to twenty million yards of movement."

I'll admit, that's not nearly as "sexy" of a story....

Sorry to "disappoint" you.

Although I should mention that my neck of the proverbial woods is in the opposite direction from where all the volcanic fallout would go, which means that instead of perishing instantly in fiery lava and choking, crushing ash, we would slowly starve and freeze to death instead from the "volcanic winter".

But we'll still outlive all of you.

See what you get for your poor manners?

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