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THE YELLOWSTONE SUPER EVENT Approximately, every 600,000 years the Yellowstone Caldera explodes changing the face of the North American continent. It has been 640,000 years since the last event and geologists say that it is not a matter of if, but when. Recently a number of earthquakes and extreme occurrences in the Yellowstone area and what is called the Ring of Fire suggest that Yellowstone might be coming active. For instance, according to the Huffington Post, July 11th, 2014, “A popular road through Yellowstone National Park was shut down on Thursday, when the asphalt started to melt.” (1) According to park spokesman, Dan Hottle, this was caused by “extreme thermal heat”, which is fairly normal for the geyser-prone Yellowstone, but the melting of roads is not. Said Hottle, “It basically turned the asphalt into soup. It turned the ground into oatmeal.” (2) Let us for a minute suspend the notion that Yellowstone could blow tomorrow. We still have the words of geologists saying that it will, if not in the foreseeable future. So, it WILL blow, we just don’t really know when, and when it does it will have devastating results. Politically, we could see rise out of the chaos and probable civil unrest of such an event, an authoritarian regime that could make Stalin’s pale in comparison. Although immediate devastation could be limited to a 60 mile radius, the devastation to crops and animals from volcanic ash would put an awful burden on our food supply. This ash would quite possibly cover the entire Southwest and Midwest. Survival in these areas would be left to those most prepared, and the luckiest of the lucky. Water would be contaminated. And volcanic ash mixed with water, from rain, could turn into something akin to concrete, making building structures unsafe havens. One can easily Zones of volcanic ash from past Yellowstone eruptions
Zones of volcanic ash from past Yellowstone eruptions imagine an event of such magnitude bordering on the Apocalyptic.

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