What If An Asteroid Hit The Yellowstone Volcano?

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Asteroids – a space rock that would attack planet earth and cause many serious damages.

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A Volcano, a mountain with a passage to the earth's crust which can spew lava, ash, and gas and cause serious damage.

While we can see Asteroids coming to a little ways off and we receive some warning signs about impending volcanic activity, little can be done to stop either… both of that are different natural disasters waiting to happen… but what if they weren’t so separate?

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Blimey. What drama. Before we get into this why don’t you guys let me know if you have ever seen a shooting star or been up close to a volcano?

I’ve been to Iceland, which is pretty volcanic!

Okay. Before we dig deep into this question let me talk to you a bit about the Yellowstone Volcano and Asteroids likely to hit earth separately, before we marry them together.

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Scientists are CONSTANTLY monitoring Yellowstone National Park for volcanic activity around the Calderas. Why? Well, it is one of the biggest active volcanoes in the world and one of the most feared eruptions.

Despite not erupting for 640,000 years ago, the eruption before that took place 1.3 million years ago, and the one before that 2.1 million years ago which means we could be due to a huge blow soon… which would be devastating.

The last time the volcano blew there weren’t towns, cities, states or even humanity to destroy.

These days the volcano erupting would obliterate everything within a 100-kilometer radius and spread ash as far away as 800 kilometers from the epicenter, which has the potential to kill millions and destroy the world's ecosystem for a decade or more. OKAY, great greaaat.

Meanwhile, asteroids and life on earth have a chequered history. We all know that a huge Asteroid triggered the events that killed off the dinosaurs; the Chicxulub asteroid that was estimated to be between 11 and 81 kilometers wide…which is a big swing.

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That hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsular with the energy of between 21–921 billion Hiroshima A-bombs…again a big swing, but a HUGE force.

Interestingly, it seems that this Asteroid sent ripples around the earth tectonic plates that then triggered massive volcanic eruptions from underwater volcanos.

This likely sent all kinds of volcanic matter into the air, along with the dust from the asteroid impact, which worked together to choke the dinosaurs and other wildlife and block out the sun.

This was, make no mistake, a big boy asteroid and it didn’t hit a volcano, but still managed to trigger some.

If an asteroid hit the Yellowstone volcano, the amount of damage would very much depend on how big the rock is.

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Leaving Asteroids out of it for a second – I can answer the question for you of what would happen if we nuked Yellowstone.

The answer is not a lot – the most explosive weapon the world house is the Tsar Bomba which is 50 Megatrons… that is comparable to a large earthquake that happened in the region in the 70s that measured 7.3 in the Richter scale and basically, all that happened was a few popping hot springs and geysers.

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Man can’t make explosions as big as nature can… and even then… asteroids anywhere near big enough to mess with Yellowstone are extremely few and far between.

Need I remind you the Chicxulub asteroid arrived 66 million years ago…well since then there hasn’t been a notable impact event of an object 10 kilometers wide or more.

In the past few hundred years, our biggest threats have been meteors which are too small to be considered Asteroids.

The last few Asteroids we had hit the earth, including the 2018 LA event that impacted in Southern Africa, have been no more than 5 meters wide.

This is … well… like….paltry to say the least in terms of asteroid size. It would need to be an asteroid the likes of which we haven’t seen in millions of years.

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And yes, if it did hit the yellow stone, then it would likely affect that volcano, likely causing a lava eruption and it would be a nightmare.

But like actually probably better the massive meteor hit the volcano and keep the impact zone a singular zone of total and utter possible life ending chaos rather than hit a few hundred kilometers away and trigger an eruption creating two death zones.

To be honest, if an Asteroid of Dinosaur-killing proportion hit the earth, it kind of becomes somewhat irrelevant where it hits, but if it digs trigger the Yellowstone then we would go from screwed to affirmatively screwed.

Death death, extinction death…. But again, don’t you worry…. An asteroid that size isn’t even so much on our radar, let alone on course to impact the earth…so worry not. At this point, it is basically the stuff of fantasy.

So guys… that was that… don’t forget to let me know if you have ever seen a shooting star or if you have been to a volcano up close….

Or perhaps you live near one? Anyone live near Yellowstone? I would love to hear from you.
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