March 30, 2014
Yellowstone Earthquake

Only a 4.8. But underneath Yellowstone lies a caldera that some day is going to make a large chunk of the United States uninhabitable while causing crop failures world wide. Perhaps still tens of thousands of years in the future. One can hope. Still the upwelling and earthquake serve as a reminder of the size of the future threat.

Hekla in Iceland could erupt next. But Vanuatu has a small erupting volcano right now and a guy used a DJI Phantom quadcopter (costs less than $500) to mount a camera to film it:

A web site, Volcano Discovery, has a daily summary of where volcanoes are erupting worldwide. What we need: daily UAV flyovers for each one uploaded to Youtube.

I think we should be better prepared to handle really big statistical outliers.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2014 March 30 09:44 PM 


Comments
xxdb said at April 1, 2014 3:32 PM:

Not worried about it. There have been magnitude 7.5 earthquakes happen in the region and it didn't kick off a caldera eruption.
Hit the snooze button.

James Bowery said at April 2, 2014 10:52 AM:

Anecdotal reports of animals "fleeing" Yellowstone National Park which some are attributing to The Impending End of the World As We Know It.

This stuff is so much fun but really, its unfortunate these seismic events didn't happen during early December, 2012, isn't it?

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