Does it make sense to prepare for a volcanic supereruption in US? Are we going to see it in our lifetime?
It’s unpredictable and undergoing changes that may indicate the possibility of an eruption of the Yellowstone Volcano are increasing. But some of us are already facing this type of disaster: Hawaii’s Kilauea has been erupting for 30 years, providing a long history of earthquakes.
Back in Yellowstone National Park, there was a swarm of earthquakes in the late 80’s that had some experts seriously concerned. An example of this is a statement that geologist Christopher Sanders released on January 1, 2009.
“I am advising all State officials around Yellowstone National Park for a potential State of Emergency. In the last week over 252 earthquakes have been observed by the USGS. We have a 3D view on the movement of magma rising underground. We have all of the pre warning signs of a major eruption from a super volcano. – I want everyone to leave Yellowstone National Park and for 200 miles around the volcano caldera.”
Though this swarm receded, there has been significant change in the park. The end of Yellowstone Lake has risen about 100 feet and is flooding some parts of the park. Water along some of the paths is boiling and some paths have been closed altogether.