Sunday, January 10, 2010
My Really Great Job at a Doom's Day Post
Recently I saw the movie 2012. This movie is so catastrophic, it is hard to relate to the events. But it did get me thinking about major events that could affect our lives. And what good is it having a food storage blog if I don't get to do a "dooms day" post once in awhile :)! One event they depicted in the movie was a Super Volcano at Yellowstone. This is a realistic catastrophe.
"Each year, millions of visitors come to admire the hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone, the Nation’s first national park. Few are aware that these wonders are fueled by heat from a large reservoir of partially molten rock (magma), just a few miles beneath their feet. As this magma-which drives one of the world’s largest volcanic systems-rises, it pushes up the Earth’s crust beneath the Yellowstone Plateau. "
Yellowstone has one of the largest volcano on earth under it! Yellowstone's Super Volcano has the capacity to eject "8,000 times the ash and lava of Mount St. Helen's." This could affect our climate, ability to grow food and many other things even out here on the East Coast!!
USGS further reports that even distant earthquakes can affect Yellowstone. Several years ago there was an earthquake in Alaska that triggered hundreds of small earthquakes in Yellowstone. Two years ago there was a four day period where there were 250 earthquakes in Yellowstone, 9 of which were 3.0 to 3.9 in magnitude. It was very notable for the area.
Have you seen how many earthquake the West has had in the past ten days? December 30 2009, there was a earthquake in Baja, California. January 4-5th, there where three notable earthquakes in Utah. January 3-5th there were three earthquakes in the Solomon Islands, 6.6 to 7.2 in magnitude. January 7th, there was a 4.1 earthquake in the San Fransisco, California area. Today there was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in offshore Northern California.
All of this affects what lies underneath Yellowstone.
So there is my attempt at my dooms day post. Seriously, I hope it is a reminder to us that we have been taught about food storage for a really long time! We should all be experts at it! We should be passing it down to our children because we've done such a good job at it! Let us not ignore this important principle because we do not have the time or attention for it. Whatever our reason for food storage may be, it is something we have been asked to do. I hope we all take this seriously. And let us never forget the words of Ezra Taft Benson who said, “The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.”