Thursday, January 01, 2009

Russian volcano erupts while Yellowstone volcano worries experts

It would be an American disaster scenario but Yellowstone National Park is long overdue for a monster eruption that could leave as much as half the U.S. under a blanket of ash. In Russia, as the new year closes in, the Koryakski volcano to the far east of Russia has started to erupt emitting ash which could threaten local populations.

Volcano Eruption Concerns in Yellowstone and Russia While the Yellowstone volcano eruption is not immanent, in Russia thee is concerns. The BBC has video
here and reports, "Russia's Koryakski volcano on the eastern Kamchatka Peninsula has erupted sending ash 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) into the air, according to the local geophysics service."

***The report notes that in the past 24 hours, about 170 tremors have been registered near the volcano. The last major eruption occurred 3,500 years ago. There are more than 150 volcanoes on the peninsula, 29 of them active. In the US, what would happen if the volcano erupted in Yellowstone? According to gene Byrd, "Half the country could be covered in ash up to 3 feet deep. Should you be worried? Consider this, "Yellowstone seems to blow its top about every 600,000 years."

By Tim Morgan

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