|How do Volcanoes affect people?
Many times, the media characterizes the
devastation of a natural disaster in monetary terms. The
bigger the lost of property and estimates of monetary
loss to the economy, the more news coverage the natural
As Preppers, we are
most concerned with loss of life ... the extinction
level event that results in TEOTWAWKI. Scientists have
theorized that significant volcanic activity put so much
ash and toxic gases in the atmosphere that the earth's
temperature changed significantly, resulting in the
extinction of the dinosaurs. Depending on the
nature of the eruption, if ash particles are too small,
then they block out incoming sunlight and the earth gets
too cool. If they are two large, then they let in
sunlight but don't let heat radiation from the surface
out, and the earth gets warmer. If the volcanic
eruption is large enough, then there can be enough
volcanic ash in the stratosphere to have one or the
other of the climate change effects.
Now that's real
"climate" change you can believe in.
In 1815 there was an
explosive eruption of the Mount Tamboro Volcano in
Indonesia (seen below). The subsequent caldera collapse
produced volcanic ash spewing high into the
stratosphere. The eruption itself killed over 10,000
people and another 75,000 died from the resulting crop
loss and famine.
This is why we prep.
Threats to the United States
The United States is vulnerable to
volcanic disasters and despite advanced technology, our
government has failed to adequately monitor the risks.
The US has 169 active volcanoes, 55 of which are
designated as serious threats by the Unkited States
Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards program. Of the
55,only 3 are being monitored with the most up to date
tenchology. Here is a free pdf download of the USGS
usgs volcanic threat
Of particular concern in the US are 13
very high threat volcanoes that are primarily located in
the Pacific Northwest. in the Cascade Range. Part of the
Cascadia Subduction Zone, they include Mount Shasta
(CA), Crater Lake (OR) and Mount Ranier (WA). (BTW, this
is a primary reason that I strongly disagree with our
friend James Wesley, Rawles on his suggestion that the
Redoubt of the West is the best bug out location).
The Yellowstone Supervolcano
We're not going to be overly dramatic
here, but we will not lead the conversation with the
following absurd statement:
"while it's highly unlikely to happen"
According to the USGS, "If another
catastrophic caldera forming Yellowstone eruption were
to occur, it quite likely would alter global weather
patterns and have enormous effects on human activity,
especially agricultural production, for one to two
Scientists estimate that much of the US
would be blanketed in ash. Communications and
transportation routes would be severed. Secondary ash
could fall as far east as the Atlantic seaboard. The
resulting ash cloud, or "umbrella" would be so strong
that it would overpower normal wind patterns in North
America, grounding all air travel throughout the US.
According to one geologist, the eruption will create its
own winds that can overcome the prevailing westerlies
that we are accustomed to.
So, what's the good news? The last
eruption of the Yellowstone Super Volcano occurred about
640,000 years ago. Highly unlikely? Not so fast,
however. The Yellowstone supervolcano has
generated this kind of eruption at least three time in
its history: 21. million years ago, 1.3 million years
ago, and the aforementioned 640,000 years ago. See
the pattern? We're due.
Fears of a possible eruption of the
Yellowstone Supervolcano spiked in 2014 with a nearly
5.0 magnitude earthquake striking in Yellowstone. One of
the park's major roads melted. Wildlife were seen
fleeing the area.
Is it the time to
press the panic button?
We are Preppers, we don't panic. We