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Old 01-28-2009, 08:49 PM
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Now this is an interesting, and potentially frightening, article. I'm guessing most people aren't real concerned? This kind of sounds like a story that is just meant to sell newspapers.

Casper Star-Tribune Online - Letters (http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2009/01/08/editorial/letters/ec6f002d6d8a09f287257536007cd252.txt - broken link)
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:30 PM
Location: Wyoming
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Letters to the editor aren't usually placed to sell papers.

If Yellowstone erupts as a super volcano, it's probably not going to be just Wyoming that gets wiped out; it could doom much of the U.S. and more.

Just the same, my truck is in the driveway full of fuel and the camper is ready to go.

(I'm aware of the possibility but not losing any sleep over it.)
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:40 PM
Location: Washington DC
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The Western states immediately adjacent to Wyoming are the greatest at risk and more from the ash. It has been estimated at it's worse, it will spew so much ash that it would affect crop land in Canada and Northern US, much would depend on prevailing wind patterns following eruption. It will cause a lot of damage and in all likelihood plunge the United States into a state of total martial law in order to survive as a country. It would suddenly put one of the world's most advanced military force in a position in which it must look for possible other sources of food for it's citizens. I do not think there will be a lot of political correctness remaining in such a United States in this situation. We would likely go on the offensive against immediate neighbors to secure food. Terrible scenario, but a possible one, as to evacuating Wyoming? I think you will get some warning prior to the big blast, and thankfully the area is not over populated, so most folks could be gotten out fast enough. Best place to be will be in the Southeastern US.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:46 AM
Location: Sheridan
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Yellowstone has been rumbling and shaking and heating up and cooling down for many MANY thousands of years. It could decide to go boom tomorrow, it might not erupt in the next 150,000 years. I ain't going to lose sleep over something I have no ability to prevent.

Besides, when it does go boom I think I'd rather be finished off quickly with the initial blast than contend later with the effects of inhaling volcanic ash (pulverized rock - not a good thing to be in your lungs ) or the massive food shortages that'll occur not only on this continent - but world wide.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:46 AM
Location: Indiana
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That is a scary article. And here we are all worried about the economy. That won't matter anymore but survival will. We witnessed Katrina on tv and that was horrible enough to what happened to those who survived and couldn't get out. I don't want to witness anything worse.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:23 AM
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*yawn* there are always extremists in every walk of life. A letter to the editor (and even editorials themselves, unfortunately) are biased by that authors opinions.

But in the end, I'd rather go out fast than deal with the aftermath that could range from minor and recoverable, to world-ending (depending on who you choose to read/listen to).
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:33 AM
Location: in love with life!
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I'm a Wyo native, but I'm going to grad school in VA, so I feel fairly safe! But I called my parents to warn them of their impending doom and that Yellowstone could begin the Apocalypse. They didn't seem overly concerned.

Thanks for posting the link. I found it quite entertaining. Because WYO would just be the beginning if Yellowstone were to go crazy.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:24 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I' m glad I'm 20,000 miles 'downwind' from Wyo

but I do have this Mt St Helens 'volcano thing' in my backyard...
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:54 PM
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OMG ... if it isn't San Andreas' fault, or volcanoes in HI or the Pacific NW, or a tsunami caused by shifting plates in the Pacific Ocean .... or volcanoes in Italy .... it's going to be something that will kill us.

What was that about illegal, immoral, or fattening?

Now it's mercury in high fructose corn syrup .... or traces of pesticides in baby formula.

Don't worry ... nobody gets out alive, and worrying about these things that you can't change isn't worth even reading about them.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:30 AM
Location: Texas, but moving back to Wyoming...Anyone want a great deal on a brick 3/2 in an ideal location?
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Wyomingites are accustomed to risk. It's a choice to live there for most of them, though many don't think about it much as it's the life they grew up with and love.
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