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Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

samzenpus posted about 8 months ago | from the big-boom dept.

Earth 325

rbrandis writes "The eruption of a 'supervolcano' hundreds of times more powerful than conventional volcanoes – with the potential to wipe out civilization as we know it – is more likely than previously thought, a study has found. An analysis of the molten rock within the dormant supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in the United States has revealed that an eruption is possible without any external trigger, scientists said."

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Extinction is good in this case because... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881213)

The NSA will be wiped out. Overall, good for mankind

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (5, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 8 months ago | (#45881261)

NSA is on the east coast, Yellowbone will just kill the west coast, and starve the rest of the world a little.

Re: Extinction is good in this case because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881313)

Gutted. This would have been perfect.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 8 months ago | (#45881353)

"Be safe from Yellowstone, move to Mauritius with a container of Twinkies"

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (1)

homey of my owney (975234) | about 8 months ago | (#45881881)

You'll need those twinkies... And lots of 'em. Yellowstone super volcano is a planetary killer - or best scenario: many, many, many years of the equivalent of nuclear winter.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (2)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 8 months ago | (#45881481)

No, airflow is to the south and east. Mostly would kill the South and the East, anything west of the Rockies will be fine.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (4, Informative)

i kan reed (749298) | about 8 months ago | (#45881613)

Airflow has little to do with it. That part is what gets leveled by a shockwave. Multidigit gigatons equivalent. The dust layer chokes out most of the worlds' plants for decades, but not all of them. Humanity is adaptable enough to survive as a species even at current tech levels.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 8 months ago | (#45881709)

Wow, so shockwaves go through entire mountain ranges? I've got the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Mountains between me and there. And our own volcano.

Perhaps you've heard of it? Mount Rainier?

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881761)

Mount Rainier wouldn't be a cork in the giant bottle that is Yellowstone.

Also, sorry you don't understand the level of output from a supervolcano. For a 1/100 scale, go look up Mount Pinatubo.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881749)

"Adaptation," in this case, means most of humanity will die. There simply won't be enough food for everyone, and even if their was our productive capacity will be completely shot.

Don't expect this die-off to be random or fair. The strong will wipe out the weak, as always. THAT his how humanity will adapt.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881785)

At least we'll be able lynch the bankers, the NSA, and the politicians first.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about 8 months ago | (#45881639)

No, airflow is to the south and east. Mostly would kill the South and the East, anything west of the Rockies will be fine.

Except for the flaming material falling from the sky in a ballistic trajectory igniting anything remotely flammable.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (2)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 8 months ago | (#45881693)

You're not including the protective smog layer from China

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881437)

Scientists immediately proposed additional taxes to fund more research.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (1, Troll)

Wookact (2804191) | about 8 months ago | (#45881659)

Libertarian troll immediately proceeds to attempt to hijack the conversation.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881667)

Sack of shit immediately makes generalizations about people he knows nothing about.

Re:Extinction is good in this case because... (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 8 months ago | (#45881845)

Ah, another day at Slashdot.

Have no fear! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881225)

The risk of typos in the story headline are the same as always.
It's like Rob programmed a bit of himself into slashcode before he left.

Re:Have no fear! (4, Funny)

TheloniousToady (3343045) | about 8 months ago | (#45881587)

The risk of typos in the story headline are the same as always.
It's like Rob programmed a bit of himself into slashcode before he left.

It's the though that counts.

Priorities (1, Troll)

maverickgunn (3480787) | about 8 months ago | (#45881229)

No time to worry about that now, we have brown skinned people to bomb and a proletariat to oppress! Wait, wait...on the other hand, can we kill and threaten them with volcanoes?

Re:Priorities (0)

mcgrew (92797) | about 8 months ago | (#45881301)

Nice troll, son, but how about staying ontopic? I'd like to know what supervolcano is likeliest to erupt (I'm guessing Yellowstone).

Re:Priorities (5, Interesting)

maverickgunn (3480787) | about 8 months ago | (#45881359)

In this case, "likeliest" is a subjective term, since there are so many factors at play and it's difficult if not impossible at this point to try to predict what roaming variable will arise that will push the volcano over the tipping point. The best we can do is compare previous events with current factors, but even then our predictions will fall further on the guessing side of the line.

So, on a serious basis, I think a higher priority at this point should be placed on developing ways to protect ourselves from an imminent disaster like that relative to the size of that potential disaster. Worst case scenario, we need to pursue solutions which involve leaving the planet entirely if it is rendered uninhabitable for a period long enough to exterminate us.

Re:Priorities (5, Funny)

i kan reed (749298) | about 8 months ago | (#45881537)

Your failure to predict it will still get you arrested in Italy.

Ok (4, Funny)

Sla$hPot (1189603) | about 8 months ago | (#45881233)

Any spare ( one way ) tickets for Mars left?

Re:Ok (4, Insightful)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 8 months ago | (#45881723)

Okay, on the chance that you're not joking:

You think that Mars is going to be a better environment than a post-volcanic eruption earth? Post-eruption earth would still have oxygen, survivable air-pressure, water, and soil (though you may have to dig for it). We may have to retreat underground for a few years--but still way more survivable than the barren, cold iron desert of Mars ever will be (if there were a way to even get there).

Puzzling (3, Interesting)

wcrowe (94389) | about 8 months ago | (#45881235)

You mean that up til now it has been widely believed that a super volcano required an external "trigger" before it erupted? I'm no vulcanologist, but I've been intrigued with super volcanoes for over ten years now, and in everything I've read or seen I don't recall anyone saying that some sort of external trigger was needed to "light the fuse", so to speak.

Re:Puzzling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881317)

No need to panic, you may return to your basements.

Dr Perrillat said there are no known supervolcanoes that are in danger of erupting in the foreseeable future, and it would take at least a decade or so for the magma pressure within a caldera to build up to a point where an eruption is likely.

Re:Puzzling (2)

hawguy (1600213) | about 8 months ago | (#45881399)

No need to panic, you may return to your basements.

Dr Perrillat said there are no known supervolcanoes that are in danger of erupting in the foreseeable future, and it would take at least a decade or so for the magma pressure within a caldera to build up to a point where an eruption is likely.

Unless, of course, our understanding of these volcanoes is still incomplete and it's really triggered by a high pressure magma surge from further below the surface where we have even less understanding of what's going on.

So I don't think it's ok to stop panicing yet.

Re:Puzzling (2)

war4peace (1628283) | about 8 months ago | (#45881771)

How exactly does panicking help?
Just relax and enjoy life, there's not much you can do about Yellowstone anyway.

Re:Puzzling (3, Funny)

hawguy (1600213) | about 8 months ago | (#45881837)

How exactly does panicking help?
Just relax and enjoy life, there's not much you can do about Yellowstone anyway.

It gives me something to look forward to every day as I cautiously leave the bomb shelter to see if the earth has been destroyed over night.

Re:Puzzling (4, Funny)

PNutts (199112) | about 8 months ago | (#45881475)

I'm no vulcanologist, but I've been intrigued with super volcanoes for over ten years now, and in everything I've read or seen I don't recall anyone saying that some sort of external trigger was needed to "light the fuse", so to speak.

Any good vulcanologist knows all you need is a cold fusion device to stop a volcano.

Re:Puzzling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881775)

In this universe effect follows cause.

But Still Only Every 100,000 years (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881241)

It's still only happening about every 100,000 years. Will it eventually happen? Yes. Can we do anything about it? Nope. This planet is still the dog and we are still the fleas.

Re:But Still Only Every 100,000 years (3, Informative)

hawguy (1600213) | about 8 months ago | (#45881465)

It's still only happening about every 100,000 years. Will it eventually happen? Yes. Can we do anything about it? Nope. This planet is still the dog and we are still the fleas.

Depends what you mean by "do anything about it" - if by "do anything" you mean "preserve the human race", then we could easily have a permanent and self-sufficient base on the moon within a few decades if we dedicated half of our military budget to it, and a base on Mars a few decades beyond that. The entire Apollo project "only" cost around $170 billion in 2005 dollars -- the USA Military Budget is around $700B annually.

Re:But Still Only Every 100,000 years (4, Insightful)

danlip (737336) | about 8 months ago | (#45881833)

It would cost a lot more than the Apollo project to get a permanent self-sufficient base on the moon or mars, probably hundreds of times more, maybe thousands, especially is it has to be truly self-sufficient (no external supplies ever, no margin for error).

And a super-volcano is not going to wipe out the human race. Maybe 99% (mostly via starvation) but that still leaves millions. Same for a comet/asteroid strike, nuclear war, etc. (a super-virus might do it). As far as knowledge preservation, a lot could be done regarding that on Earth.

Re:But Still Only Every 100,000 years (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 8 months ago | (#45881873)

Or we could just have random pockets of civilization here on earth looking to create a locally sustainable lifestyle with careful attention to long range power supply issues (without power, modern civilization is dead, with sufficient power, we can do most anything).

Pretty much exactly what you have to do to get to Mars without the getting to Mars part.

Re:But Still Only Every 100,000 years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881883)

we could easily have a permanent and self-sufficient base on the moon within a few decades if we dedicated half of our military budget to it, and a base on Mars a few decades beyond that.

[citation needed]

Can eruptions like the be averted? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881247)

If we know where the magma chamber is, why can't we tap the chamber to create pressure relief wells, allowing the pressure and magma to drain an semi controlled fashion?

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 8 months ago | (#45881303)


Good idea. Some ABS pipe from the lumberyard should do the trick.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

jafac (1449) | about 8 months ago | (#45881433)

better go with the schedule 120 stuff. schedule 40 is too weak, and would rupture under the load.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 8 months ago | (#45881885)

And the military spec duct tape. Don't forget the duct tape.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about 8 months ago | (#45881721)

Actually I was thinking of using Big Bertha to do it after she finished laying the Alaskan Viaduct in Seattle.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

chill (34294) | about 8 months ago | (#45881767)

Haliburton already started. Why do you think Mary Cheney dropped out of the Wyoming Senate race? She knows that by the time the elections happen there won't BE a Wyoming. Dick would rather blow it up that let it go Democrat!

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

DJ Jones (997846) | about 8 months ago | (#45881321)

Probably not. Keep Hydrofracking! We need more money [cough] I mean jobs!

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881689)

Probably not. Keep Hydrofracking! We need more money [cough] I mean jobs!

Actually if its true that fracking leads to tremors and such then it may actually be relieving some stress, and in that sense its helpful.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 8 months ago | (#45881793)

Plus, pollution of the water allows more variation in human genes so we can survive better!

Unless you don't believe in evolution.

Texans are so conflicted.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881361)

If we know where the magma chamber is, why can't we tap the chamber to create pressure relief wells, allowing the pressure and magma to drain an semi controlled fashion?

Semi-controlled draining and pressure relief of a Super Volcano? We can't even contain an oil well without using explosives. We let just about anything that isn't solid leak and run all over the planet. And you think we can control and contain lava? Lava??

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881555)

Just put some of those concrete highway dividers in its path with some buses behind them to hold them in place. If that fails, just drop a highrise in its path.

Easy peasy.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881717)

Just put some of those concrete highway dividers in its path with some buses behind them to hold them in place. If that fails, just drop a highrise in its path. Easy peasy.

You forgot the firehoses cooling the leading edge of the lava creating a wall.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about 8 months ago | (#45881735)

Introduce it to liquid nitrogen, then it will cease to be lava.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881737)

You may not know this, but Yellowstone is largely in a state called Wyoming. It is a state that is remarkably vacant, and pouring a couple billion or trillion cubic kilometers of lava really wouldn't affect anyone. An ecosystem or two might be FUBAR, we may end up making a mountain range or two, but I'd say that's better than shutting down life on North America and endangering life all over the world.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 8 months ago | (#45881807)

You do realize it's all up hill from all of the midwest, right?

Guess what? Lava flows downhill!

Stupid shit.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881423)

It is a good question that has been asked many times. Even if we devoted much of out GDP toward creating such a well would reduce the pressure by a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent. It'd be like using sand paper to reduce the weight of an asteroid.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (5, Interesting)

wjcofkc (964165) | about 8 months ago | (#45881501)

It's been proposed. Supercomputer simulations show that attempting to poke in a relief valve would give the existing pressure a channel to explode though with full force. Just because super volcanoes may not require a trigger does not mean that one cannot be triggered.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (2)

hawguy (1600213) | about 8 months ago | (#45881503)

If we know where the magma chamber is, why can't we tap the chamber to create pressure relief wells, allowing the pressure and magma to drain an semi controlled fashion?

Sure, drill into it and slowly drain the pressure, or accidentally trigger an eruption through a previously unknown mechanism. (like maybe the well relieves pressure on one side, leading to instability on the other side and an eruption.)

Willing to take that gamble?

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (2)

i kan reed (749298) | about 8 months ago | (#45881563)

I say we nuke it! Show that volcano some mutually assured destruction. That will bring it in line.

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (1)

Antipater (2053064) | about 8 months ago | (#45881805)

Dr. Teller? Is that you?

Re:Can eruptions like the be averted? (5, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | about 8 months ago | (#45881681)

Go take a drill to a cannister of liquid CO2 and let me know how that works for you.

WTF is happening to slashdot (1)

arcite (661011) | about 8 months ago | (#45881249)

Forget the super volcano, there's a typo in the title!

Re:WTF is happening to slashdot (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881387)

Slashdot uses MySQL, so "title" is probably a char(n) field where this title was n+1 long, and mysql just deleted the last character without an error message because it's not like your data was all that important anyway.

Re:WTF is happening to slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881653)

Slashdot uses MySQL, so "title" is probably a char(n) field where this title was n+1 long, and mysql just deleted the last character without an error message because it's not like your data was all that important anyway.

Stop making excuses for samzenpus. The title is 79 characters long. Does that sound like a number /. would use for a field length?

Re:WTF is happening to slashdot (1)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about 8 months ago | (#45881757)

You mean /. programmers are old FORTRAN programmers?

Re:WTF is happening to slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881803)

Stop making excuses for samzenpus. The title is 79 characters long. Does that sound like a number /. would use for a field length?

No, but it does sound like a number that MySQL would pull out of its ass when arbitrarily truncating a field.

Re:WTF is happening to slashdot (5, Funny)

ThatsDrDangerToYou (3480047) | about 8 months ago | (#45881407)

Forget the super volcano, there's a typo in the title!

Quiet! That typo could be enough to trigger it!

Re:WTF is happening to slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881569)

It means the volcano went off and killed the submitter before he finished typing, and the same thing happened to the slashdot "editor."

Re:WTF is happening to slashdot (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 8 months ago | (#45881835)

It means the volcano went off and killed the submitter before he finished typing, and the same thing happened to the slashdot "editor."

So.. Who/what hit the submit button then?

Than previously though? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881251)

No bother edit. Look like timmyboy submisin!

Sequel to Sharknado (5, Funny)

stazeii (1148459) | about 8 months ago | (#45881269)

Sharkcano!

I smell franchise! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881385)

Sharkcanonado!

It's Been Done (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881609)

Someone has actually written a novel called Sharcano [lawrenceperson.com] .

Re:Sequel to Sharknado (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about 8 months ago | (#45881645)

The real sequel to "Sharknado" seems to be "Shark Avalanche"....

Lottery Tickets (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881311)

In related news it has been reported that if you purchase 50 lottery tickets then you are 50 times more likely to win than the guy who purchased one. Film at 11. Probably not of you winning though.

Re:Lottery Tickets (1)

hazah (807503) | about 8 months ago | (#45881699)

Kids, this is a great example of completely misunderstanding probabilities. You are most definitely are not going to be "50 times more likely to win". It ain't how it works.

So what should we do? (1)

UneducatedSixpack (2829861) | about 8 months ago | (#45881327)

Buy guns? Any problem can be fixed by buying guns and ammo. If volcano attacks me I am going to shoot back.

Re:So what should we do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881449)

Buy guns? Any problem can be fixed by buying guns and ammo. If volcano attacks me I am going to shoot back.

Only a good guy with a Super Volcano can stop Mother Nature with a Super Volcano.

Greater Crater plains (1, Interesting)

Mabhatter (126906) | about 8 months ago | (#45881357)

The Great Plains will be really fertile again after that goes boom.

I don't see what the worry in the USA is... They're just "flyover states" they will just be a smoking crater for a few dozen years. The Appilacians and Rockies might keep the coasts from being utterly destroyed... But with no food and no resources because everything built will be knocked over it will be worse on them than the peeps that just go boom. It's like a couple of nuclear wars in a can.

No amount of "bunker" is going to save you because most of North America will be knocked over and/or on fire. Even if you get out (as youll be under feet of hot ash) there will be no place to go, no way to get there, the grounds itself will be baren for a dozen years like Mt St Hellen's.

Re:Greater Crater plains (4, Funny)

judoguy (534886) | about 8 months ago | (#45881595)

No amount of "bunker" is going to save you because most of North America will be knocked over and/or on fire. Even if you get out (as youll be under feet of hot ash) there will be no place to go, no way to get there, the grounds itself will be baren for a dozen years like Mt St Hellen's.

Listen to you, Mr. glass-half-empty.

Excellent ! (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 8 months ago | (#45881727)

How soon can we make that happen? Sounds like paradise, plus, we'll finally get rid of our do-nothing Congress.

Re:Greater Crater plains (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | about 8 months ago | (#45881843)

The ejected material is going to really screw up the climate. There will be all sorts of mass extinctions.

Article has no numbers (1)

J'raxis (248192) | about 8 months ago | (#45881363)

One-in-a-billion is a thousand times more likely than one-in-a-trillion odds, right? I'm still not anywhere likely to win that bet, though.

The article doesn't even have any odds/numbers. Yet the headline contains "far greater." And then ends with this:

Dr Perrillat said there are no known supervolcanoes that are in danger of erupting in the foreseeable future, and it would take at least a decade or so for the magma pressure within a caldera to build up to a point where an eruption is likely.

In other words, there's no story here. Researchers figured out that the volcanoes can go off on their own rather than being precipitated by an earthquake, and this somehow translated to "far greater" by the hack writers who wrote this story.

Re:Article has no numbers (1)

minstrelmike (1602771) | about 8 months ago | (#45881497)

Disagree.
The perceived odds (not the "real" odds) have changed.
If a supervolcano can only go off during an earthquake, well those don't happen continually. But if a supervolcano can just go off whenever, the odds have changed in the opinion of the oddsmakers (us). Granted, the actual chance of a supervolcano spewing has never changed regardless of our knowledge (imo but I'm not a quantum mechanic either).

Re:Article has no numbers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881819)

You are apparently not a statistician, either. Events don't "have" probabilities. A probability is something that humans assign to events based on what we know about them.

So, the odds change as we gain new information. Hopefully, they become more accurate as a predictive tool as our information increases. But in any case it is fair to say the odds have changed, since our information has changed.

Don't leave us in suspense! (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 8 months ago | (#45881381)

Researchers: Global Risk of Supervolcano Eruption Greater Than Previously Though

Though what? It'll only blow up America? There's a plan to move to Mars? I need closure!

Those damn Mycon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881443)

The Mycon are really going to screw us over here...

so is it time to panic? (2)

roman_mir (125474) | about 8 months ago | (#45881473)

When is it not the time to panic? Wars, asteroids, volcanoes, global warming, the ozone layer, Y2K, the terrorists, swine flue, avian flue, Iraq, teletubbies.

If you are going to be worried about something, worry about something that you can personally change in your life, everything else is most likely out of your control completely, so don't bother worrying.

I'll give you real things to worry about: jobs, debt, destruction of currency (gov't caused inflation), destruction of your freedoms.

Those are the types of the things you should truly be concerned with, supervolcanos, black holes, terrorists and such are just a way to distract your attention from things that actually affect your life. If you die from a volcano, that will be the end of it, you most likely won't die from gov't created inflation, but you will really suffer from it, you and the generations to come.

Re:so is it time to panic? (2)

BobMcD (601576) | about 8 months ago | (#45881847)

While I do agree with the first thought (why worry if you can't change it), I have to point out that your second doesn't follow. Here's your list:

jobs, debt, destruction of currency (gov't caused inflation), destruction of your freedoms.

Jobs are a function of the economy, and unless you're Warren B, I don't think you can individually do much. Maybe you can start a business and hire a few people. Kind of like buying a Prius. You get to feel like you're helping, and by way of a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction, you probably are.

Debt is a fact of life for most people, and inescapable for most of our governments world wide. These days they talk about reducing the deficit, which only means less debt. But the debt is assured. Now as an individual you can avoid going into debt, probably, but there are arguments for and against doing so. And your personal net worth isn't exactly a 'change the world' thing in most cases.

Destruction of currency falls pretty much along the lines of that above.

Freedoms can be defended as an individual, but they're going to make you a martyr for taking such action. It probably isn't recommended.

Anyway, those are all horrible examples of what an individual should worry about. Maybe next time go with 'try not to be a dick to people', 'drive safely', and 'help each other out'. Those are not only attainable, but also have Prius-size impacts on the planet as a whole.

Finally a cure for Global Warming (2)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about 8 months ago | (#45881487)

"Supervolcanoes represent the second most globally cataclysmic event - next to an asteroid strike - and they have been responsible in the past for mass extinctions, long-term changes to the climate and shorter-term 'volcanic winters' caused by volcanic ash cutting out the sunlight."

Re:Finally a cure for Global Warming (1)

i kan reed (749298) | about 8 months ago | (#45881593)

... You know that removing particulate matter requirements from pollution laws has long been circulated as a possible solution to global warming, by way of lowering planetary albedo, right? Humans can trivially reverse the temperature changes if we're willing to suck up some really nasty air.

"potential to wipe out civilization as we know it" (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 8 months ago | (#45881491)

I'm pretty sure a good portion of the world knows how to operate despite very dim sunlight and half of the US gone.
It takes power to make light to make food, and we can do that on a pretty decent scale, even if it takes burning the bodies of those who couldn't.
We're a pretty resilient pest.

fucking article is effed (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881509)

Bad link / Bad article. Rife with reloading and html / CSS errors. Might as well be a malware site for all I know. Fuck you slashdot - why not link to the malware directly?

Global Cooling? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881511)

"It caused a volcanic winter that blocked out the sun for between six to eight years, and resulted in a period of global cooling lasting a thousand years."

  Anyone tell Al Gore about this?

triple threat (1, Interesting)

csumpi (2258986) | about 8 months ago | (#45881517)

killer volcano, killer warming and the killer earthquake

heck, for bonus let's throw a meteor in there, too

and the best thing? we can avoid all this, if we just create a tax for it!

Re:triple threat (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 8 months ago | (#45881603)

Can we throw a Sharknado in there somewhere, too?

I won't believe it (1)

necro81 (917438) | about 8 months ago | (#45881607)

Until a grizzled Woody [youtube.com] Harrelson [youtube.com] tells me it is so!

Scientists recommend... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881627)

...Purchasing their new advanced anti-volcano raincoat. The product of extensive research.

This is why we need the NSA (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881669)

If we're not monitoring your phone calls metadata, we won't know when the volcano plans to strike.

Can't such an eruption (0, Troll)

vikingpower (768921) | about 8 months ago | (#45881759)

take place under Apple HQ ?? It would do only good civilization.

Volcano Insurance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881773)

Hi - Just wondering where I can purchase affordable volcano insurance?

Let's relate this to global warming (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45881817)

So until yesterday there was no greater risk of a super volcano. Today there is. Scientist know this with 100 % accuracy because they are scientist and are never wrong. How about admitting we really don't know what the fuck is going on under the earth's crust. Nobody has been there. It is just a best guess using the latest best evidence available that perhaps a super volcano is more likely to erupt that previously thought. Nooo. Noone ever says that. Scientist are like Gods. They can see electrons with their eyeballs, they understand the earths climate soo totally that they know Global warming is a fact. Never mind that 20 years ago they knew with 100% certainty that the exact opposite was occurring. How about admitting scientists are human beings and not some all knowing Gods. How are creationists supposed to take scientists seriously when the do the exact same things as the creationists are doing. The date of the end of the world has been predicted by biblical scholars many a times. Each time the end of the world has not come, and they have to revise the date due to new biblical evidence. Yet the Bible is never wrongs. Similarly has many times have are infallible scientist had to revise the age or planet. Yet scientists are never wrong, and people are stupid inbred idiots if they don't believe every word they say.

Time to send this to the office sweaties (2)

reovirus1 (722769) | about 8 months ago | (#45881831)

Quick, we don't have much time, lets end this on a high note...
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