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June 28 2020

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June 25 2020

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2020 Coup de grâce candidates (natural disasters category)

Yellowstone supervolcano
Hidden beneath the yelllowstone national part there lies a giant magma bubble. It is generally believed that yellowstone erupts every 600-700 thousand years. The last eruption was 630 thousand years ago. While it is technically overdue, it already was overdue for the entirety of civilization so far. None the less, a yellowstone eruption would probably put an end to it.

Danau Toba supervolcano
Another supervolcano lies underneath Lake Toba in Sumatra/Indonesia. It last erupted 74-75 thousand years ago and likely caused a genetic bottleneck in human evolution by causing what was essentially a decade long winter. Almost nipped us in the bud and could be back for seconds.

Hayward fault and San Andreas Fault
Geologically, California made it very clear, that it doesn't want to be settled by humans. The Hayward and San Andreas fault form a connected system of fault lines that cause major earth quakes in regular intervals. For the Hayward fault that interval is 140 years and 2020 i already at 152 years. The longest known interval was 160 years. The average time interval between the last five major events is 138.25 years. So this one is one is statistically going to happen within your lifetime.

Hilina Slump
South of Hawaiis main island there is an notoriously unstable slope that could easily cause a massive tsunami roughly aimed for California (always poor California). The last time this happened was 120 thousand years ago and the estimated height of the waves was about 400 meter. 1975 a smaller section of the slope caved in and created a much smaller tsunami that none the less managed to reach California.

Cumbre Vieja volcano
The eruption of this canary islands volcano would not cause calamity, however, if its unstable west flank collapses it would cause the biggest tsunami in recorded history, with waves almost half a kilometer high and fast enough to reach Florida in only nine hours.

Megathrust earthquakes
Earthquakes caused by tectonic plates being forced under each other. There are quite a lot candidates for these events so listing all of them would be repetitive, however, two are worth mentioning: Chile and Japan, while the last two earth quakes in these regions were devastating, these were not the expected megathrust earthquakes and it is still very likely for those to happen soon.

Massive solar storm
Every now and then our sun has a so called coronal mass ejection, a massive cloud of magnetized plasma thrown into surrounding space. A direct hit of this would pretty much instantly fry all electronics in it's path catapulting us back into a per-electricity era, imagine that.


May we life in interesting times.
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