The last eruption of Yellowstone’s volcano covered the ground with ejecta hundreds of feet deep at the source and as deep as ten feet as far away as Columbia, Missouri. What if the eruption happens again. Imagine living in Lymon, Colorado, when Yellowstone blows. Within hours, heavy ash begins to fall. You try to drive away in your car, but the moving parts clog up after ten minutes or so and the roads become impossible to drive on. Within a day, twenty feet of ash covers the entire State of Colorado and beyond.
The air grits up and darkness covers the northern states of America at noon. Even as far away as New York City, the sky is dim and the particles in the air are hazardous to your health. Its free crystalline silicone. The stuff that causes Black Lung. Except you’re receiving a far more lethal dose than a mine worker gets even after 20 years in the mines, and you don’t have a mask sufficient enough to protect yourself.
People in the non-ash zones panic. People in the heavy ash zones are dead or dying. Then the looting begins. Frantic relatives try to reach loved ones. Heighten activity brings down the electrical grid, leaving the east coast in darkness. Worldwide planes can’t fly. Telecommunications go out. The top of the ash plume is over 22 miles high afloat over the earth. This happens on the first day of what could be months of eruptions.
Today’s headlines talk about earthquakes in Iceland predicting future volcanic eruptions. The Iceland volcanoes are terrible, but predictable and localized compared to Yellowstone. Yellowstone’s volcano sits within the bowels of the earth, waiting to vomit out destruction.
In recent years, the ground around the Yellowstone area has risen several inches. In places the roads are melting. There have been sightings of Buffalo leaving the area, not that it well help them. Another eruption is years overdue. America is not prepared, as if preparation could stop the event from occurring. But it might save the population not in immediate danger.
Once the eruption occurs, in the rest of the world, the panic grows. But that is a topic for the next article. Rioting!