Put out Yellowstone: in the United States found a way to avoid disaster

The American supervolcano Yellowstone has long been a part of global public awareness. Someone “prays” to him as a chance to once and for all put an end to US hegemony in a natural way. Others consider a dangerous natural phenomenon as a source of "hype" and the development of multi-billion dollar budgets. But what if the problem of a supervolcano could be solved once and for all?

Caldera Yellowstone, whose size is 55 by 72 kilometers, is located approximately in the middle of the United States and is very similar in essence to a time bomb. More precisely, there are even two of them. The first magma chamber with a length of 90 and a width of 40 kilometers is located almost below the surface of the earth. And it increasingly makes itself felt by constant earthquakes, and the forest in the vicinity is literally charred by the heat coming from below.

The second natural bomb is planted lower, and it is 4,5 times larger than the first. Experts say that eruptions have already occurred three times, with a frequency of 600-700 thousand years. And just now 640 thousand years have passed since the last, that is, in theory, it is time. About what this natural disaster will look like, was described in his book by Brian Walsh, who is studying the supervolcano:

The pressure will increase until, like champagne in a bottle with vigorous shaking, magma breaks through the earth in a titanic eruption that will throw the toxic interiors of the Earth into the air. The eruption will last several days, plunging everything around 60 km into the lava.

But this is where our troubles will only begin. Hot ashes and volcanic gases rise to a height of tens of kilometers, spread over the territory of the United States and other countries. This ashes will cause great harm, destroying the crop and making the land barren for many decades. It will also disrupt energy and water supply. Once in the atmosphere, the particles of ash will create the effect of a long-term “nuclear winter” with all the ensuing consequences in the form of mass starvation and armed clashes due to control over resources.

It will go to everyone, not just the United States. According to the most pessimistic estimates, by the time the unnaturally long winter ends, only every thousandth inhabitant of the Earth will survive. Otherwise, such a scenario cannot be called a global catastrophe. However, it is believed that researchers deliberately exaggerate in order to attract public attention and disrupt funding from state funds. Say, a volcano erupts a couple of times and again falls asleep for a long time, turning away.

I wonder how scientists propose to solve the problem of Yellowstone in the bud. American geologists believe that a supervolcano can be extinguished in advance of its eruption. To do this, you will need to drill wells of 10 km depth and pump water under pressure into magma. This option is estimated at some 3,46 billion dollars. It should be noted that a similar idea was met in the scientific community very ambiguously. Experts point out that in this way you can only accelerate the explosion. For example, the famous Icelandic volcano Eyyafyadlayokyudl woke up in 2010 just because of melt water falling into magma.

Curiously, America itself can come to the rescue. Real Clear Science recently published an article claiming that Yellowstone can be rendered harmless in a natural way due to the ongoing displacement of tectonic plates. When faced with cold rocks, hot magma must ultimately waste its deadly potential. Like it or not, time will tell. But tectonic activity, even if it solves the problem of a supervolcano once and for all, will give rise to new ones associated with the activation of faults, which leads to super-earthquakes.
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  1. Sergey39 Offline Sergey39
    Sergey39 (Sergei) 22 October 2019 13: 44
    Perhaps the eruption will occur in the next few thousand years. And nobody will finish the water. Limited to money.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 October 2019 15: 29
    Again about him, every 2 weeks .... Hollywood, or something, a little ...
  3. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 22 October 2019 16: 51
    Extremely narrow-minded people can rejoice at this. If that happened, everyone would get it. Overall, the problem is overblown and overestimated. There is nothing extraordinary there, in the Far East and, oddly enough, in Eastern Europe, there are more "promising", but less publicized places. There, by the way, is the most studied, equipment-rich and controlled place. So, in vain, some build their bloodthirsty, misanthropic plans. All this is ridiculous if it were not so pitiful.
    1. 123 Online 123
      123 (123) 22 October 2019 19: 24
      And what is so "promising" in Eastern Europe?

      There, by the way, the most studied, equipment-rich and controlled place.

      Do you think this will help in case of eruption?
  4. slesarg65 Offline slesarg65
    slesarg65 (Igor Ivanov) 22 October 2019 23: 43
    Injecting water is a very bad idea! The steam bomb is no better. But it will definitely cause an eruption. Now on top of the magma is a thin but hard shell. But it is holding back, because it is plastic. When water gets in, it will cool unevenly and become brittle! And then ... Boom, bada Bomm! As one friend of mine from Russia said.
  5. Artie Offline Artie
    Artie (Artyom Korolev) 23 October 2019 11: 22
    You can collect a thermonuclear head into several gigatons and evaporate the entire caldera, together with the lava located in it.
  6. Alexander Offline Alexander
    Alexander (Alexander) 23 October 2019 22: 04
    They inspire more fear. It is much worse, not thinking that you will die from some kind of microbe, and not reconciled with God! A smaller volcano is described in the Bible, where the Dead Sea is now, so there the city deaths are described in detail, and the next day:

    Genesis 19:27 And Abraham got up early in the morning [and went] to the place where he stood before the Lord, 28 and looked to Sodom and Gomorrah and to the whole space of the neighborhood and saw: behold, smoke rises from the earth, like smoke from a stove!

    Compare the death of the prototype of Babylon, which all the kings of the earth respected, and the merchants enriched:

    Revelation 18:15 Those who traded all this, who had enriched themselves from it, would become far from the fear of her torment, crying and weeping 16 and saying: Woe, woe to you, a great city, dressed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, 17 for in one hour such wealth perished! And all the helmsmen, and all the sailing ships, and all the shipbuilders, and all the merchants on the sea were far away 18 and, seeing the smoke from the fire, cried out, saying: what city is like a great city! 19 And they dusted their heads, and cried out, weeping and weeping: woe, woe to you, great city, whose jewels were enriched with all that had ships on the sea, for it was empty in one hour!