Yellowstone National Park has been hastily evacuated as fear of the Yellowstone Caldera’s eruption is deemed to be approaching sooner than previously expected. Researchers on-site claim that the 640,000 year-old super volcano has exhibited a sudden spike of activity which indicates that it could erupt in as little as two weeks. The explosion caused by the volcano would very well throw all of United States into a 200 year long volcanic winter, with ash blotting out the sun, and pyroclastic flow irreparably damaging the surrounding ecosystem.


But according to Yellowstone’s own website it tells a different story. You can check it out there. I added a couple screen shots above.

Who didn’t evacuate for Hurricane Katrina? A picture of those left behind.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

When Hurricane Katrina hit, more than a quarter of people living in New Orleans in August of 2005 lived below the poverty line. Many of the poor in stayed at home to weather the storm. Why?

27% of New Orleanians didn’t own a car, making evacuation even more difficult and expensive than it would otherwise be.

People without the means to leave are also the most likely to rely on the television, as opposed to the radio or internet, for news. TV news began warning people how bad the storm would be only 48 hours before it hit; some people, then, had only 48 hours to process this information and make plans.

Poor people are more likely than middle and upper class people to never leave where they grew up. This means that they were much less likely to have a network of people outside of New Orleans with whom they could stay, at the same time that they were least able to afford a motel room.

For those who were on government assistance, living check-to-check, it was the end of the month. Their checks were due to arrive three days after the hurricane. It was also back-to-school time and many were extra cash poor because they had extra expenses for their children.

A study of New Orleanians rescued and evacuated to Houston, described here, found that:

  • 14% were physically disabled, 23% stayed in New Orleans to care for a physically disabled person, and 25% were suffering from a chronic disease
  • 55% did not have a car or a way to evacuate
  • 68% had neither money in the bank nor a useable credit card
  • 57% had total household incomes of less than $20,000 in the prior year
  • 76% had children under 18 with them in the shelter
  • 77% had a high school education or less
  • 93% were black
  • 67% were employed full or part-time before the hurricane

The city failed to get information to their most vulnerable residents in time and they failed to facilitate their evacuation. The empty buses in flood water, buses that could have been filled with evacuees prior to the storm, is a testament to this failure.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. She writes about New Orleans here. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Obit of the Day: Escaping St. Kilda

There are few places on earth less hospitable than the village of St. Kilda on the island of Hirta off the coast of Scotland. And yet somehow for thousands of years people lived on the wind-blown island. 

Although surrounded by fish-laden ocean waters, the villagers refused to eat the fish believing that it made God angry, sending dozens of ships to the bottom of the sea. Instead St. Kildans ate sea birds (garrets, puffins, and petrels mainly) supplemented by the occasional sheep and whatever crop could be grown whether it was barley, corn, or potatoes.

Reaching the island was so difficult that a unique communication system was created, called the “St. Kilda mailboat.” Islanders would carve boat-shaped pieces of wood, place a message inside, attach an air-filled sheep bladder and float them in the ocean in the hopes that messages would be received. Two-thirds of the messages reached people, although usually by way of Long Island in the Hebrides or Norway.

Already hindered by natural features, population growth on the island was further reduced by tragedy. For decades, a well-meaning midwife killed dozens of infants when she used a poisonous paste made of bird droppings on the umbilical cords of newborns.

As the 20th century dawned the future for St. Kildans seemed bleak. Norman John Gillies was born into this environment in 1925. He was named for his uncles, two more residents who were claimed by the rough seas. By the time of Mr. Gillies birth there were less than 40 resident in the island village.

The beginning of the end for the residents of St. Kilda was February 1930, which is when tragedy also struck Mr. Gillies’ family. His mother, pregnant for the second time, was suffering from appendicitis and contacted a passing ship to send help. A month later, she was transported to Glasgow where she was hospitalized until May. After giving birth to to a daughter, both died within two weeks.

In August 1930 recognizing that the situation was untenable, the government evacuated the island - all 36 residents. Only a few would ever see their home again. St. Kilda was designated for use as by conservationists and the military.

Mr. Gillies would return four times between 1976 and 2005 either by boat (which still took 8-12 hours) or helicopter for various anniversaries of the evacuation. Norman John Gillies passed away on September 29, 2013 at the age of 88. The only surviving resident from the St. Kilda’s evacuation is Mr. Gillies cousin, Rachel Johnson, who is 91.

Sources: Daily Telegraph, Glasgow Digital Library, and Wikipedia

(Image of Norman John Gillies as infant with his parents John Gillies and Mary MacQueen circa 1926. In 1930 Mrs. Gillies and her newborn daughter would die in a Glasgow hospital. Norman John did not know he had a sister until 1991, courtesy of www.theislandtapes.com)

NEPAL, Kathmandu : Nepalese patients are carried out of a hospital building as a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits the country, in Kathmandu on May 12, 2015.   A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit devastated Nepal, sending terrified residents running into the streets in the capital Kathmandu, according to witnesses and the US Geological Survey.  The quake struck at 12:35pm local time in the Himalayan nation some 83 kilometres (52 miles) east of Kathmandu, more than two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude quake which killed more than 8,000 people.   AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA                        


An entire island nation is planning to evacuate before being swallowed by rising seas

The citizens of the island of Kiribati are planning for a worst-case climate change scenario: The Pacific island nation will likely sink underneath the sea in 20 to 85 years.

In a record deal, the country has purchased a 20-square-kilometer chunk of forest on the Fijian island of Vanau Levu for $8.8 million in case it needs to evacuate some of the 103,000 residents due to rising sea levels. Though the islands are separated by over 2,000 kilometers, the people of Kiribati may have no choice but to move if large stretches of their homeland are swallowed by the ocean.

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Train derailment, fire, forces West Virginia evacuation

A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 tankers and sparking a house fire, officials said.

One person was being treated for potential inhalation issues, but no other injuries were reported, according to a news release from CSX, the train company. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene about 30 miles southeast of Charleston. (AP)

(Photos by Marcus Constantino/REUTERS (2), Steve Keenan, The Register-Herald/AP Photo, John Raby/AP Photo)

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If you have no money to buy one, make your own. 

This glass from the lab is used to remove air from the reaction and replace it with an inert gas, in this case with argon. The balloon at the end prevents the system to contact with air while it also lets us know that what pressure is the system filled. 

The pressure tube what was evacuated is closed with a teflon valve what will hopefully keep everything inside during the reaction. If a little air would been left in the pressure tube, it would have caused a lot side reactions and probably turn the whole reaction mixture into a big black gunk.


So seeing as I’m in a sticky predicament, aka being evacuated and away from a job with limited amount of money, I kinda of need… Well money. My phone bill is going to be around 130 dollars due to the post office closing a month ahead of time because of the fire so i didn’t get to pay it that month, and I also need money for food and some clothes so… It’d be hella fuckn awesome if people ask for commissions. It doesn’t even have to be much, even 3 dollar sketches would help!

contact me at: jackalcommission@hotmail.com

An English mother tearfully waves goodbye to her children as they are evacuated to the countryside from London’s Paddington Station. The evacuation of civilians in Britain during the war was designed to save civilians in Britain, particularly children, from the risks associated with aerial bombings of cities by moving them to areas thought to be less at risk. Operation Pied Piper, which began on 1 September 1939, officially relocated more than 3.5 million people. Further waves of official evacuation and re-evacuation occurred from the South and East coast in June 1940, when a seaborne invasion was expected, and from affected cities after the Blitz began in September 1940. Hundreds of thousands of British children were relocated to the countryside, or even overseas to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other remote destinations. London, England, U.K. April 1942. Image taken by Bert Hardy. 

HUNGARY, Budapest : Migrants protest at the Eastern (Keleti) railway station of Budapest on September 1, 2015, during the evacuation of the railway station by local police. Budapest’s main international railway station ordered an evacuation as hundreds of migrants tried to board trains to Austria and Germany, an AFP reporter at the scene said.  AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK                        


Typhoon Hagupit heads for the Phillipines

A wide swath of the Philippines, including the capital Manila, braced Friday for a dangerously erratic and powerful typhoon approaching from the Pacific, about a year after the country was lashed by Typhoon Haiyan that left more than 7,300 people dead.

Typhoon Hagupit — Filipino for “smash” — strengthened overnight with its sustained winds intensifying to 215 kilometers (134 miles) per hour and gusts of 250 kph (155 mph). The local weather agency PAGASA’s forecasts show the typhoon may hit Eastern Samar province late Saturday or early Sunday.

But a forecast by the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii said Hagupit (pronounced HA’-goo-pit) may veer northward after making landfall and possibly threaten Manila, which has population of more than 12 million people. (AP)

(Photos by Paul Cinco/AP, Reuters, NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response/AP)

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