Midnight In The Desert — volcanoes

'Life or death' preperations for Yellowstone supervolcano emergency

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'Life or death' preperations for Yellowstone supervolcano emergency

Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs confirmed that there could be a supervolcano eruption imminently - and that they were putting themselves through their paces so that they were ready for any eventuality. Spokesman Morgan Warthin said: “Every opportunity like this, every training opportunity reveals both where our strengths are. “But also how we can improve.” Mr Warthin knows that emergency services will need to be absolutely prepared if a catastrophe strikes near Mammoth in Yellowstone National Park. A model bus crash was simulated for the first time in several years, in order to steel emergency workers for a crisis. The...

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Kim Jong Un Celebrates Missile Launch By Visiting A Sacred Volcano Where His Father Was Supposedly Born

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Kim Jong Un Celebrates Missile Launch By Visiting A Sacred Volcano Where His Father Was Supposedly Born

In celebration of his most recent missile launch, supreme leader Kim Jong Un of North Korea visited Mount Paektu, a sacred inactive volcano where his father, Kim Jong-il, was supposedly born in 1942. Last week, North Korea launched its most powerful intercontentinal ballistic missile to date, proving that it has the capabilities of bombing targets on the U.S. mainland. The missile reached a height of roughly 2,800 miles above the Earth, or just over 10 times higher than the International Space Station. The launch marked the sixteenth time North Korea tested its ballistic missile capabilities in 2017, a record number....

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Welcome to the World's Most Awesomely Awful Places

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Welcome to the World's Most Awesomely Awful Places

Spectacular but woefully underappreciated natural wonders are tucked away all over the planet. Granted, visiting some of them might leave you sweaty, faint, and gasping for breath. Hardly anyone goes to see Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell, for instance, even though it offers the rare chance to see a giant fire-filled pit in the middle of a barren desert. The origins of the crater are a bit mysterious, but the most-told version has Soviet geologists igniting a natural gas seep in 1971 after an oil rig collapsed into the ground. The pit has been burning ever since. During a 2013 expedition...

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Giant Volcano on Bali Is Spewing Ash Clouds, May Erupt Soon

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Giant Volcano on Bali Is Spewing Ash Clouds, May Erupt Soon

Indonesia's Mount Agung is spewing towering clouds of ash, raising concerns that the giant 10,305-foot-tall (3,140 meters) volcano might have a big eruption soon, according to news sources. The volcano, located on the eastern side of the resort island of Bali, began erupting ash last Tuesday (Nov. 21). These ashy plumes have reached heights of about 9,800 feet (3,000 m), and have led the government to ask about 100,000 people on Bali to evacuate, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management. "The volcano's alert level has been raised to the highest level," senior state volcanologist Gede Suantika told...

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A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone

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A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone

Beneath Yellowstone National Park lies a supervolcano, a behemoth far more powerful than your average volcano. It has the ability to expel more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of rock and ash at once — 2,500 times more material than erupted from Mount St. Helens in 1980, which killed 57 people. That could blanket most of the United States in a thick layer of ash and even plunge the Earth into a volcanic winter. Yellowstone’s last supereruption occurred 631,000 years ago. And it’s not the planet’s only buried supervolcano. Scientists suspect that a supereruption scars the planet every 100,000 years, causing...

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