Supervolcano: Potential Damage The U.S. Suffers If The Yellowstone Volcano Erupts

It’s safe to say that if, and when, the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, it will be a catastrophic disaster that changes our entire planet. Populations, animals, plant life, and the vast majority of anything standing is believed to be wiped out. In an eye-opening report by WND, damages to North America have been theorized and the break down is explained.

If the supervolcano blasts, it may release 240-cubic miles of ash, rocks, and lava onto the earth, making an estimated two-thirds of the U.S. “uninhabitable.” It would also place the world into a “nuclear winter” because light from the sun would be completely blocked.

The eruption would be 2,000 times that of Mount St. Helens.

University of Utah Geophysicist Robert Smith wrote in his book, titled Windows Into the Earth, that the “devastation would be complete and incomprehensible.”

Large earthquakes may swarm the surrounding areas of Yellowstone prior to the eruption until its “erased completely off the map.”

Jamie Farrell, also with the University of Utah, says it would be a “global event,” revealing that “there would be a lot of destruction and a lot of impacts around the globe.”

Some 87,000 people would die immediately. Thousands of cubic miles of hot volcanic ash would blanket the Western U.S. and shoot into the atmosphere. Sunlight would be completely blocked and temperatures would fall into the “nuclear winter” stage.

Grain harvests in the Great Plains would essentially vanish within hours due to coated ash. A significant portion of the world’s food supply would be seriously threatened.

Ash would spew into the sky, fan out, and kill all living plants within 1,000 miles.

If temperatures go as low as 21 degrees, the supervolcano could be strong enough to result in extinction.

Here are some additional excerpts from the book, which gives a strictly theorized account of what could happen from the Yellowstone volcano explosion:

It only takes 0.04 inches of ash to close airports, and the wide swath of blanketed ash would literally shut down every major and minor airport for thousands of miles across the country.

Because even a small amount of ash can clog an engine, road transportation is heavily curtailed, and trucks and machines normally engaged in the moving of supplies from one state to another find themselves immobilized.

Electrical equipment shorts out, and wide areas experience power outages and rolling blackouts, rendering communication via computers and phones obsolete.

The book goes on to say that food riots, contaminated water, widespread violence, and anarchy would subsequently develop.

According to Doug Bausch, a senior scientist at FEMA, a “direct economic damage” would cost somewhere in the realm of $3 trillion.

It’s been 640,000 years since the last supervolcano eruption. USGS says on their website that eruptions occur once every 730,000 years. Most scientists don’t predict the Yellowstone volcano to erupt anytime soon; but it’s also an impossibility for them to predict when it will.

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