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'Supervolcano' forming near New Zealand

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:23 PM

A "supervolcano" forming deep below the Earth's crust north of New Zealand, will have the power to destroy the world, but scientists are urging people not to worry - it could be 100 million years away.

University of Utah seismologist Michael Thorne has been studying seismic waves beating through the Earth's crust, and says the ingredients are there for a "cataclysmic" eruption.

http://www.stuff.co....ear-New-Zealand

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#2    Sir Wearer of Hats

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:27 PM

More proof that God hates the Sheep-Shaggers ;)

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I will permit it to pass over me and to move through me. And when it is gone I will turn the inner eye to see it's path.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

Wont the Hawaiian chain Caldera run into the Yellowstone Caldera before this one forms fully ?

I would thing NZ was formed by a super type volcanic events over millennium but my NZ geology is a bit lacking. So Im not surprised they have a Caldera under there.

Edited by AsteroidX, 14 February 2013 - 09:35 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:02 PM

It's a shame it's so far away, I want Pierce Brosnan to star in another epic (yet terrible) volcanic disaster movie in the vein of Dante's Peak.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:58 PM

View PostWearer of Hats, on 14 February 2013 - 09:27 PM, said:

More proof that God hates the Sheep-Shaggers ;)

:rolleyes:
Yes, the recent floods and bush-fires is a testament to that. oh wait....... that was australia..........
:lol:

Edited by Professor T, 14 February 2013 - 11:04 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:03 PM

View PostAsteroidX, on 14 February 2013 - 09:33 PM, said:

Wont the Hawaiian chain Caldera run into the Yellowstone Caldera before this one forms fully ?

I would thing NZ was formed by a super type volcanic events over millennium but my NZ geology is a bit lacking. So Im not surprised they have a Caldera under there.
Actually, jokes aside, there's a lot's about the geology of NZ that we dont know, such as the fact that NZ used to be a large continent.
Most of the north Island is formed by Volcanic activity. Earthquakes are a daily occurance here, there's a lot of active volcanic and geothermal areas too.
I've been watching the volcano's and Earthquakes a lot since the Christchuirch quake, There's deinately been an uptick in activity down here. Especially since August last year when Tongariro woke up.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

'will have the power to destroy the world'... Um no.

View PostProfessor T, on 14 February 2013 - 11:03 PM, said:

Earthquakes are a daily occurance here, there's a lot of active volcanic and geothermal areas too.
Edit: Now we know you live with the hobbits.

Edited by Timonthy, 15 February 2013 - 02:09 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 02:59 PM

The headline was more exciting than the article.
100 million years away?
Lost me right there; i'll file this one away with "the sun is going to expand and doom us all"


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

Dammit I was hoping NZ would sink. And that my ex wife and her family had moved back there..... 100million years. Too long :-(


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

100 million years eh? Remind me to panic when the time comes


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:45 PM

glad i will not be here


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

Yeah, 100 million years?

I think there are othe "super volcanoes" of more immediate concern.

For example, I read that the super volcano, or whatever it's called, underneath Yellowstone National Park in the US actually could erupt again much sooner than that.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:50 PM

Place your bets! Nuclear annihilation, asteroid impact or super volcano? I swear every story in the news is some new crisis, until you read it may not be for thousands or millions of years. My bet is on global economic collapse and anarchy if the "leaders" don't exercise a bit of common sense soon. Hope I'm wrong.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:58 AM

(100 million years eh? Remind me to panic when the time comes)

I will let know, but I will need your bank account number and other personal information so I can find you.....just PM it to me here.  

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:05 AM

100 million years is still far off





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