As I predicted,
news from Haiti in the wake of the Jan 12 earthquake that leveled
Port-au-Prince has become a trickle. Even a catastrophe of such
proportions, thousands dead, a city in ruins, et cetera, does not
hold the world’s attention for long, but a month later, on
February 11, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit Chicago and there was
barely any notice taken in the mainstream media.
began, The New York Times took notice that, “Hundreds
of Quakes Are Rattling Yellowstone.” My first instinct was
(and is) to dismiss the Times as a source of science-based
information. This is the same newspaper that, a few years back,
declared that the North Pole was melting and, of course, it continues
to publish utter nonsense about a non-existent “global warming.”
To his credit,
reporter Kirk Johnson put the Yellowstone activity in context, noting
that the second-largest ever recorded swarm of quakes “is more
a cause for curiosity than alarm.” In fact, another swarm of
more than 1,000 quakes had struck the park just over a year ago
with the largest recorded occurring in 1985; over a three month
period, there were 3,000 earthquakes.
All the quakes
noted, however, are way down on the Richter scale, barely felt and
noticed thanks only to sophisticated seismic detection equipment.
In total, the February swarm was the 80th in the last fifteen years.
Yellowstone, however, is special because it is the largest volcanic
caldera in the United States and, should it erupt, the destruction
would be unimaginable. Like Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, it
could fill the atmosphere with so much material that it would likely
alter the weather around the world for a while.
has to ask if there is a connection between Haiti, Chicago, and
Yellowstone’s rumblings. Clearly there is movement of the Earth’s
tectonic plates and it is occurring in our neighborhood.
We have been
told for years that the San Andreas Fault is likely to deliver u201Ca
big oneu201D again to San Francisco or Los Angeles, but it is the nature
of people to push such things to the back of their minds and perhaps
that is the best thing to do. No one can truly u201Cprepareu201D for an