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Old 05-12-2020, 08:58 PM   #1
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Be careful backing up at Yellowstone

Ouch. The water is hot.

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Old 05-13-2020, 01:45 AM   #2
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When I'm feeling cynical, I tend to think of these kinds of events as examples of evolution in action.
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After watching a few foreign visitors ignore the keep out signs and walk off the boardwalk to take pictures, I'm not surprised.
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If you take a hike (or even just a short walk) along some of the hiking trails away from the main stops, you can walk right up to all sorts of unguarded thermal features.
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I have to say visiting Yellowstone made me very uncomfortable; I doubt that I will go back. To me the most unnerving part was the fact that the magma moves around underground: hot pots come and go. I saw a grove of twenty-year-old trees that had recently died because magma moved beneath them. Their trunks were charred from the bottom. I think I'll avoid the place from now on.
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In addition, Mike, most of the seismic activity under Yellowstone has scientists concluding it is due for a catastrophic eruption. They of course can’t predict when but not too far away if the readings persist. Guess it wouldn’t matter which campground one chooses if you’re there when it goes.
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I think if Yellowstone goes, we all will go..........
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In addition, Mike, most of the seismic activity under Yellowstone has scientists concluding it is due for a catastrophic eruption. They of course can’t predict when but not too far away if the readings persist. Guess it wouldn’t matter which campground one chooses if you’re there when it goes.

That "not too far away' is geologically speaking (unless, of course, you're a professor just dying to get that extra grant money, then 'it's eminent' - IMHO.)


Similarly, we have the big one (up to 8.0) coming here in So.Calif.; Seattle has the big volcanic event or the 10.0 earthquake-induced tsunami; St.Lewis area has a potential 8.+ event from the New Madrid fault system, and so it goes.

Edit: this is not to say that it's not going to happen soon.
E.G. - July 5, 2019 Ridgecrest 7.1 quake in the Little lake Fault System 175 mi. ENE of us.
E.G. - July 21, 1952 Kern County 7.5 quake in the Garlock Fault zone 130 mi. NE of us.
I felt both significantly.
Eidt #2: yes I left out Northridge and San fernando, but they were both less than 7.
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... Seattle has the big volcanic event ....
The Mt. Saint Hellens 40th anniversary is just 5 days from today. May 18, 1980.

My sister's summer job in grad school was as a Japanese interpreter. She had a group of tourists on the top of the Space Needle when Helen's blew. They all thought it was a forest fire at first but then it got bigger and bigger! Only later did they understand what they witnessed.

I was painting a house and completely oblivious until watching the news that evening. The prevailing winds blew the ash and noise away from Seattle.
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That "not too far away' is geologically speaking (unless, of course, you're a professor just dying to get that extra grant money, then 'it's eminent' - IMHO.)
That's an excellent way to frame it.
Similar also to a backpacking event, natural rock falls, that is extremely rare in geological time, especially in the SW and West.
If you were in the backcountry and were present to experience a naturally occurring rock fall you became a celebrity of sorts, because there are only a few that have ever witnessed it.
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I think if Yellowstone goes, we all will go..........
If it goes its a total life killer
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And I thought I was safe here in quiet, serene, (one of our states is missing) New Mexico!
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If it goes its a total life killer
I know a fellow (ex-boss) who is prepping for the Yellowstone eruption. He is accumulating a year supply of absolutely everything. I hope he doesn't get to use it.



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I know a fellow (ex-boss) who is prepping for the Yellowstone eruption. He is accumulating a year supply of absolutely everything. I hope he doesn't get to use it.
Alan

Hope he has lots of wiener sticks.
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After watching a few foreign visitors ignore the keep out signs and walk off the boardwalk to take pictures, I'm not surprised.
It isn't just the "foreign" visitors that ignore signs. There are a lot of examples of stupid "Americans" as well. Just saying. 👐
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