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Old 01-04-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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That's quite a wide area of destruction, if that map is accurate!

According to the article, this thing "can go now at any time, although there are no official alerts."
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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The scientists, do they get off on making these type announcements?

After a while they all start sounding the same:

(ominous tone) it could occur at any time............

or, like the Yellowstone super volcano:

(serious ominous tone) it's overdue and could happen at any moment.........
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:30 PM
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Don't blame the scientists. Blame sensalationist media. The article couldn't even bother name the scientists, just "some scientists", is their source real? It says the volcano could go at any time. What is the probability? Most dormant volcanoes show minor activity, the article doesn't say anything specific. And it's source is the Daily Mail, a paper with often terrible reporting.

This is a far better read:

Fearmongering Gets Started in 2012: Laacher See is Not “Ready to Blow” | Wired Science*| Wired.com
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:40 PM
 
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They've been talking up Yellowstone for over a decade now.

And the Cascadia Subduction Zone has been long overdue for a massive slip for as long as my memory goes, and most likely has been being talked up long before I was even born.

Something has to give sometime. It's not if, but when.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:08 PM
 
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They've been talking up Yellowstone for over a decade now.

And the Cascadia Subduction Zone has been long overdue for a massive slip for as long as my memory goes, and most likely has been being talked up long before I was even born.

Something has to give sometime. It's not if, but when.
If I were to remember all the dire predictions of scientists who end their presentations with Something has to give sometime. It's not if, but when.

I'd be cowering in a lead lined bunker 300 feet underground.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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And yet it's the truth. Doesn't mean I'm going to start freaking out. Living in a city that "could be hit be a massive earthquake any day now" for my entire life to date, I haven't given much thought into it beyond preparing by keeping jugs of water on hand, and knowing where the gas and water valves are and how to turn them off.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:59 PM
 
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And yet it's the truth. Doesn't mean I'm going to start freaking out. Living in a city that "could be hit be a massive earthquake any day now" for my entire life to date, I haven't given much thought into it beyond preparing by keeping jugs of water on hand, and knowing where the gas and water valves are and how to turn them off.
If a massive earthquake hit Seattle I don't think a few jugs of water will help out very much...

As for knowing where the shut-off valves are for the water and gas I think the mains would go and turning the valves off would be an exercise in futility...
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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If a massive earthquake hit Seattle I don't think a few jugs of water will help out very much...

As for knowing where the shut-off valves are for the water and gas I think the mains would go and turning the valves off would be an exercise in futility...
The whole under of the basement steps is lined with several gallons of fresh drinking water. There are more jugs of fresh water in a freezer (although frozen of course, but ice does thaw).

Having fresh drinking water is essential. You will survive for weeks without food, but only for a couple of days without water. Water will also help clean out wounds. Though I probably should have an emergency first aid kit on hand too. (I have flashlights galore all over this house too. Not in case of emergency necessarily, but they're there if I should ever need them. And I'm ALWAYS stocked up on batteries). Come to think of it there is also a fire extinguisher on each level of the house. I'm more prepared than I thought I was!

Good point about the shutoff valves though. But just in case there is a leak of any kind, still good to know.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:48 PM
 
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(I have flashlights galore all over this house too. Not in case of emergency necessarily, but they're there if I should ever need them. And I'm ALWAYS stocked up on batteries). Come to think of it there is also a fire extinguisher on each level of the house. I'm more prepared than I thought I was!

Good point about the shutoff valves though. But just in case there is a leak of any kind, still good to know.
One thing I have done is to throw away all my old flashlights and replaced them with LED flashlights, better light and the batteries last much much longer.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:01 PM
 
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One thing I have done is to throw away all my old flashlights and replaced them with LED flashlights, better light and the batteries last much much longer.
I have several LED flashlight, but also have some old ones. LED flashlights are pretty good!
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