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Tyler Durden

The end is near.

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Lately I've been feeling very cheery.

Let's look at a few things that WILL eventually lead to our demise.

 

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Yellowstone National Park is a huge super volcano.

 

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Goodbye farmland. Hello ash, starvation, and economic collapse...

 

According to a few sites, we're either "overdue" by about 40,000 years for an eruption, or we're not at any sort of risk in the "forseeable future". The USGS site is being a bitch for me at the moment, but once I find some more reliable sources I'll post them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving right along, MEGA TSUNAMIS!

The Discovery Channel is airing something in a week or two about a situation off the northwest US coast, apparently the setup there is almost identical to the one where the Asian tsunami happened last year. My main interest in mega tsunamis lies in the Canary Islands off of North Africa:

 

In other words, any time in the next few thousand years a huge section of southern La Palma, weighing 500 thousand million tonnes, will fall into the Atlantic ocean.

 

What will happen when the volcano on La Palma collapses? Scientists predict that it will generate a wave that will be almost inconceivably destructive, far bigger than anything ever witnessed in modern times. It will surge across the entire Atlantic in a matter of hours, engulfing the whole US east coast, sweeping away everything in its path up to 20km inland. Boston would be hit first, followed by New York, then all the way down the coast to Miami and the Caribbean.

 

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And of course, theres always the lovely idea of being killed off by Gamma Ray Bursts.... The most powerful known explosions in the universe.

 

Scientists think that gamma-ray bursts are generated in two principal scenarios. In one scenario, a star collapses in on itself, giving birth to a black hole and releasing a high-energy jet of material travelling at close to the speed of light.

 

The bursts could also be generated when two neutron stars collide.

 

"A gamma ray burst originating within 6,000 light-years from Earth would have a devastating effect on life," said co-author Dr Adrian Melott, an astronomer at the University of Kansas, US.

 

"We don't know exactly when one came, but we're rather sure it did come - and left its mark. What's most surprising is that just a 10-second burst can cause years of devastating ozone damage."

 

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A few of the sources I ran across equate a GRB within a thousand light years of us to a thermonuclear explosion across the entire planet all at once. The light would be a million times brighter than our own sun, anything less than 50 feet below the earths surface would be killed, and even if you were underground youd eventually suffocate or starve.

 

 

Back to work...

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Guest Sparoism

And whatever is left over after all this mayhem, it's a given that George Bush will handle it.

 

He's got the bunker. He's got the numbers...who needs a brain when you're in charge of the "free world"? That's crazy talk.

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The federal response to Katrina sent a clear message: You're on your own. Hurricanes are just the beginning, though. There are plenty of other disasters - natural and technological - you can look forward to dealing with. And that doesn't even include terrorist attacks. Ready?

 

America's Next Top Disasters

 

Ranking determined by likelihood and potential impact

 

1. Levee Failure in the Sacramento Delta

2. Flooding in the Upper Mississippi

3. Indian Point Meltdown

4. Earthquake in Missouri

5. Eruption at Yellowstone

6. Tornadoes in Dallas

7. Landslide at Mount Rainier

8. Tsunami on the Eastern Seaboard

9. Massive Power Failure in Boston

10. Rupture in the Alaska Oil Pipeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rupture in the Alaska Oil Pipeline

 

The Alaska pipeline was built to withstand everything its designers could think of. But the supports for the pipeline are anchored in permafrost, which is now melting. Up to a third of the uprights are out of alignment, and more will be at risk if the thaw continues. A pipeline break would jeopardize 850,000 barrels of oil per day - 11 percent of the nation's capacity.

 

Likelihood: Low. (Admitting you have a problem is the first step to fixing it.)

 

People affected: Entire US population, potentially

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landslide at Mount Rainier

 

According to the US Geological Survey, Mount Rainier presents the "greatest volcanic hazard" in the Cascade Range because there are so many people in its shadow. The USGS says an eruption could melt Rainier's glacier, sending rivers of volcanic mud and ash - a moving wall of cement - toward Puget Sound.

 

Likelihood: Medium. Such slides occur once or twice a millennium. It's been 550 years since the last one.

 

People affected: 2.4 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eruption at Yellowstone

 

Yellowstone's pretty geysers and hot springs are powered by one of the world's most active volcanic systems. Previous eruptions buried most of North America - really - from Arkansas to Oregon, Canada to Mexico. The next one could do the same.

 

Likelihood: Low. But not zero.

 

People affected: Depending on the size of the eruption, anywhere from tens to hundreds of millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Levee Failure in the Sacramento Delta

 

Next to New Orleans, the capital of California is more dependent on levees than any other US city. Built on the banks of a river, most of Sacramento is 15 to 20 feet below water level. According to UC Davis geologist Jeffrey Mount, there's a better-than-even chance that the levees will fail by midcentury, jeopardizing the water supply of 22 million Americans.

 

Likelihood: High. 66 percent in the next 50 years.

 

People affected: 22 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flooding in the Upper Mississippi

 

When you try to contain a river, you're bound to spill some. The very qualities that made the banks of the Mississippi the perfect place to start a village also make it the worst place to build anything permanent. The river produces spectacular floods about once every 20 years, no matter what we do to stop it.

 

Likelihood: High. The last great floods were in 1993, so we're coming due.

 

People affected: 72 million - everyone in the Mississippi floodplain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tornadoes in Dallas

 

The National Weather Service is worried about a tornado cluster over Dallas at rush hour. The fear: A big twister traps 87,000 people in their cars and causes nearly $3 billion in property damage, making it the one of the most destructive tornadoes in US history.

 

Likelihood: Medium. Dallas has dodged the bullet. So far.

 

People affected: 5.7 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massive Power Failure in Boston

 

A dearth of new power plants combined with a growing population means that New England is poised for summer blackouts by 2008. A blackout caused by a heat wave, like the one that hit Chicago in 1995, would be wicked bad.

 

Likelihood: Medium. Depends on whether new power plants get built.

 

People affected: 14 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indian Point Meltdown

 

In the mid-1950s, it seemed like a good idea to have a nuclear reactor 35 miles from Manhattan. Now it doesn't. When sirens sound and the evacuation orders come, even the rich may not be able to leave, since half of New York City dwellers don't have access to a car.

 

Likelihood: Medium. There could be one accident in 600,000 years of operation, or it could happen tomorrow.

 

People affected: 21 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earthquake in Missouri

 

In 1811, New Madrid, Missouri, saw the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the lower 48; it rang church bells as far away as Boston. A large temblor along the fault line would hit St. Louis and Memphis, which lack effective earthquake building codes.

 

Likelihood: High. 90 percent chance of a magnitude 6 or 7 quake in the next 50 years.

 

People affected: 3.7 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tsunami on the Eastern Seaboard

 

A small volcanic Canary Island called La Palma controls the fate of the East Coast. A 1949 eruption caused the western side of the island to slip a few yards into the Atlantic. In a future seismic event, the 500-billion-ton ridge could slide farther into the ocean, resulting in a mega-tsunami that would strike the East Coast.

 

Likelihood: Low. Might not happen for a few thousand years, if ever.

 

People affected: Everyone on the eastern seaboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://wired.com/wired/archive/13.11/start.html?pg=20

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With proper structures 6-7 earthquakes are shit. Been through it 3 times already.

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"What are we talking about again?"

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Originally posted by Tesseract@Dec 15 2005, 12:12 PM

With proper structures 6-7 earthquakes are shit. Been through it 3 times already.

 

I've been through at least 5 easrthquakes in my time, up to a 7.1 (10/17/89 Loma Prieta) and you know what?

 

I'm cooooooooool. I want to try out a 8.3 just for the hell of it.

 

Tesseract, you're in Greece, correct? You and Japan have got it goin' ON!

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I'm surprised the "Big One"...as in earthquake in california is not on that list.

 

And people always said Cali was the dangerous place to live.. looks like smooth sailing.

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The Discovery Channel had an interesting movie a few months ago about there being an eruption at Yellowstone. Interesting stuff.

 

As for the Canary Island Tsunami idea, most everything I've read on it says that it's one of the more dire problems we're looking at. The last eruption in 1949 has basically set half the island to hang by a thread. Obviously, the volcano could erupt 10.... 15.... 100 more times and not have anything happen, but it seems that theres a very good chance that the next one could trigger this tsunami.

 

 

I'm saying, really think about this, how fucked are we if something like that, or Yellowstone goes down?

 

Aside from the MILLIONS of deaths that would happen very, very quickly, we're looking at an almost guaranteed collapse of the worlds economy and civilization as we know it. We're talking the VAST majority of the "worlds capitals" being wiped off the map. Forget the stock market crashing, it'll be under 40 fucking feet of water.

 

 

Something I'm curious about, for all the structural engineers that reside on here.... Is do you think that any skyscrapers/tall structures would be left standing? I would think so, but we're talking about an incredibly destructive event.... All I know is, there wouldnt be any point in me attempting to evacuate. Every road, bridge, and tunnel would be gridlocked as people try to escape from Long Island, the outer boroughs, and Manhattan. So I would be inclined to consider getting to the top of the nearest tall building.

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I wonder how big of a man-made explosion would be needed to release that Canary Island chunk.

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seriously.... ^^ haaaaaaaa

 

Ay If somethin like either of those major

Catastrophes happens anytime soon...

ya got nuthin, no chance.. fuck it..

may as well eat a good meal, get laid er sum shit...

kiss yer sweet ass goodbye.

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Or a surfboard....you could ride the wash all the way to Jersey.

 

Maybe even Philly, depending on if it's a right or a left.

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are their actual figures on the liklehood of any of these things happening?..I mean I see liklehood: high..but thats like an estimate I would see on a fortune cookie...anyone?

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I bet some building would survive... just maybe not the ones on the east of the city... cause those buildings would protect the one's behind them and disperse the water so it wouldn't be a direct hit.

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this thread is full of hearsay and speculation..I demand you find some estimate some really old white guy made and post it..I need closure

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