Monday, December 29, 2008

I've got a bad feeling about this...

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come. Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.

"They're certainly not normal," Smith said. "We haven't had earthquakes in this energy or extent in many years."
Those of you that frequent the Discovery Channel between facist Global Warming shows may be aware of the caldera that graces that neck of the woods. For lack of eloquence, I will define a "cadera" as a super-volcano. Think Mt. St. Helens in an exponential fashion.

In short, if the caldera under Yellowstone Lake (incidentally, the epi-center of the latest earthquakes) ever lets loose, we are in DEEP, DEEP...ash. And, you can break out the overcoat in July. Get the picture?

By the way, the caldera at Yellowstone is way overdue to blow based on historical frequency.