by Zachary Stieber
May 7, 2014
This map from
the U.S. Geological Service
shows the range of
the volcanic ash that was deposited
after the three huge
eruptions over the last 2.1 million years.
Volcano Eruption -
Report Claims that U.S.
has Contingency Deal
with Brazil, Australia...
Yellowstone supervolcano erupts
then millions of U.S. citizens could end up in Brazil,
Australia, or Argentina.
That's according to the South African
Praag, which said that the African
National Congress was offered $10 billion a year for 10 years if it
would build temporary housing for Americans in case of an eruption.
The potential eruption of the
supervolcano, one of the biggest in the world, has been a hot topic
ever since videos of animals
allegedly fleeing the area before
an earthquake were posted online.
Although the veracity of the claims
haven't been backed up, dozens of bloggers and others have been
trying to figure out what, if anything, is going on.
One of the latest theories is that
the U.S. Geological Service and its partners, which keep an eye on
the caldera, are hiding data from the public.
The Praag article says that the South
African government fears that placing so many Americans in South
Africa could dramatically change the country.
"South Africa will not be part of
the plan, because there is a risk that millions of white
Americans could be sent to South Africa in an emergency
situation and that this would pose a risk to black national
culture identity," Dr. Siph Matwetwe, spokesman for the
Department of Foreign Affairs, is quoted as saying.
"We have our own challenges, even if
there is enough housing and infrastructure available, it will
destabilize the country and may even bring back apartheid."
The gigantic volcano in Yellowstone has
erupted three times over the last two million years, covering a huge
area of surrounding land.
Maps from educational institutions and
government officials project that up to 17 states could be fully or
partially impacted if the volcano erupted again.
The far south of Canada could also get
hit, as well as the far north of Mexico. Scientists aren't sure when
it will erupt next, although many have sought to assure the public
that it probably won't for a while.
In reality, the volcano could erupt at
any time, though officials would in theory be able to detect an
impending eruption and alert Americans to the threat.
New Round of Conspiracy Theories Say...
U.S. Hiding Data for Evacuating Towns
Yellowstone Volcano Eruption
by Zachary Stieber
May 4, 2014
This map from the
U.S. Geological Service shows the range of the
volcanic ash that was deposited after the biggest of
the Yellowstone National Park eruptions around 2.1
million years ago.
left behind huge volcanic depressions called
'calderas' and spread volcanic ash over large
parts of North America," it said.
"If another large
caldera-forming eruption were to occur at
Yellowstone, its effects would be worldwide.
Thick ash deposits would bury vast areas of the
United States, and injection of huge volumes of
volcanic gases into the atmosphere could
drastically affect global climate.
Yellowstone volcanic system shows no signs that
it is headed toward such an eruption in the near
In fact, the
probability of any such event occurring at
Yellowstone within the next few thousand years
is exceedingly low."
A new round of conspiracy theories has
emerged from the blogging community regarding a potential
Yellowstone supervolcano eruption.
The bloggers are continuing the thread that started after a 4.8
magnitude earthquake hit in the region on March 30.
U.S. Geological Service officials sought to assure the public that
the earthquake didn't spell an imminent eruption of the huge caldera
underneath the park, and also said that videos circulating of
animals possibly exiting the park are normal and don't signal some
type of "alert."
However, some bloggers have developed new theories about the park,
the volcano, and the surrounding area.
One popularized by the infamous website Before It's News - where
people can literally post anything they want - links to several
videos, including one that purportedly includes a local radio
broadcast advertising an evacuation near Yellowstone.
Blogger Camrens Maycee said that the report referenced
fissures opening up and causing damage in Jackson Hole, Wyoming–a
town in the middle of the park.
The town has been dealing with severe landslide issues as of the
beginning of April, destroying at least one home and threatening
The video has also been promoted on conspiracy blogs such as secrets
of the fed.
However, officials say that the landslide and subsequent evacuation
was caused by more localized underground movement and therefore
isn't indicative of the caldera as a whole.
Another referenced story linked to a USA Today story about how the
small town of Opal was evacuated after a fire and explosion at a
nearby gas-processing plant. Opal is about 150 miles south of
The evacuation reports are also linked to blogger Tom Lupshu's
assertion earlier this year, based off an email he claims comes from
a trusted source, that the U.S. Geological Service is hiding data
about the earthquake activity in Yellowstone.
"Washington is aware of this because
they are the ones giving direction about this blackout," the
source said, linking the alleged hiding from other conspiracy
theories such as FEMA coffins, nuclear missiles moving out of
Texas, and Comet ISON impacting Earth.
"They are preparing for millions of refugees," the source said, Lupshu reported in the February 19 video.
A separate blogger on YouTube said
recently that he's been keeping tack of seismological activity in
the Yellowstone region and that it has been ramping up.
It should be noted that most if not all of these types of sources
have any official information and often rely on other bloggers and
conspiracy theorist types.
Official sources are divided over whether an eruption at Yellowstone
can happen in the near future.
Most researchers agree that the Yellowstone supervolcano will erupt
again, including Ilya Bindeman, an associate professor of
geological sciences at the University of Oregon.
"Yellowstone is one of the biggest supervolcanos in the world," he said in an analysis released by
"Sometimes it erupts quietly with lava flow, but
once or twice every million years, it erupts very violently,
forming large calderas," which are very large craters measuring
tens of kilometers in diameter.
Hot springs are evidence of
If a huge eruption happened again, similar to three big ones over
the last two million years, he says that the eruption would
obliterate the surroundings within a radius of over 100 miles and
cover the rest of the United States and Canada with multiple inches
A volcanic event of such magnitude,
"hasn't happened in
modern civilization," he says.
However, Bindeman, like many scientists, say that the volcano
eruption likely won't happen soon.
Others such as Bob Smith of the University of Utah point out that at
this time there's no true way of knowing when the next eruption will
Smith is part of the team that recently discovered that the
supervolcano is about 2.5 times bigger than previously thought.
Smith in the study announcement noted one theory about the volcano
erupting about every 700,000 years - the three major eruptions
happened 2.1 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago, and 640,000
years ago, respectively - but said that more data is needed to back
that theory up.
In any case, the U.S. Geological Service says that it and partners
such as the University of Utah are monitoring the situation and will
be able to provide warning if there is an imminent eruption. Then
again, that promise is one that the bloggers question.
All parties admit that nothing can be done to prevent an eruption.
Yellowstone National Park and the Caldera Super