Yellowstone Supervolcano eruption 2015: Yellowstone volcano observatory working hard to determine
Is Yellowstone supervolcano eruption imminent? Is it true that the eruption will happen pretty soon and not after many decades or centuries as was being predicted by scientists and seismic experts?
For the past fortnight or even longer, there have been reports that the Yellowstone National Park may be facing an â€˜imminentâ€™ eruption of supervolcano. A few days ago there were reports that officials at the massive Yellowstone National Park were evacuating the park and were asking visitors to leave. But apparently it was a rumor and nothing else and the very popular park remained functional as usual.
There is no denying the fact that this is not a new phenomenon and that such rumors have been circulating almost throughout the year. Last year too, media reports claimed that the Yellowstone supervolcano was about to erupt and that the park authorities were closing roads and slowly evacuating people from the area in a bid to save as many lives as possible. Nonetheless officials of the Yellowstone Park immediately took to the social networking sites and killed the rumors by claiming that the news was without any basis.
In a press release the park officials said that apprehensions were stoked following a series of errors associated with the parkâ€™s seismic activity monitors. â€œOne of the many seismometers installed in the park, malfunctioned and began sending zany data to a public viewer, or â€˜webicorder,â€™ at the University of Utahâ€™s seismographic station, which has a following among amateur volcano buffs as well as those who are looking for signs of the coming apocalypseâ€, it said.
Yellowstone eruption will be catastrophic. Researchers claim that Yellowstone eruption will bring out as much as a meter of ash on a large part of Rocky Mountains besides blanketing almost the entire United States and Canada. It will also have very adverse implications for the weather and climate across the region. Researchers also add that the implications may persist for a long time in case of Yellowstone eruption.
Last year a report by the U.S. Geological Survey says that it worked hard to gauge Yellowstone eruption. U.S. Geological Survey researchers discovered that during very large volcanic eruptions, ash transport is dominated by a rapidly expanding umbrella cloud that results in significant distribution of ash upwind from the volcanic vent. â€œIn essence, the eruption makes its own winds that can overcome the prevailing westerlies that normally dominate weather patterns in the United States,â€ explained USGS geologist Larry Mastin, first author on the manuscript and co-developer of the computer model. â€œThis helps explain the distribution from large Yellowstone eruptions of the past, where considerable amounts of ash reached the west coast.â€
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