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Animals Fleeing Yellowstone Spark Fears of Supervolcano Eruption

Yellowstone Caldera

Yellowstone Caldera

Disinfonauts may remember that one of the apocalyptic scenarios put forth for December 21, 2012 (the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar) was an eruption of the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park, causing a sort of “nuclear winter.” In the wake of the largest volcanic eruption at Yellowstone in 34 years (see report from Reuters), there are reports of a mass exodus of the animals living in the park, triggering fears of a true supervolcano eruption of the type envisioned for 2012. From Epoch Times:

A number of bloggers are posting videos that show bison and other animals allegedly leaving Yellowstone National Park, prompting theories that as earthquakes ramp up the seismic activity will set off the Yellowstone supervolcano.

Two of the main bloggers behind the discussion stress that there’s no way to know when the supervolcano will go off but note that the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that hit on March 30 seemed to set off a reaction from the animals, who are moving for a reason.

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Massive Volcanic Event, Not Black Death, Linked to Mass Medieval Burial

Via Geekosystem:

History is forever an open book: Scientists have discovered that an as-yet unidentified massive volcanic event was responsible for the deaths of nearly 11,000 in 14th century England:

The discovery of a massive east London burial pit at Spitalfields market in the 1990s was originally said to have been caused by the Black Death or Great Famine of 1315-1317. Turns out, those original declarations were wrong by around a century. New evidence, like radiocarbon dating of the bones, instead links the deaths of the 10,500 medieval skeletons to a massive volcanic event that happened thousands of miles away in 1258.

The volcanic event is thought to have caused a “mini Ice Age” that in turn led to massive famine and starvation.

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