Warren Ellis, Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, XKCD, National Geographic, Huffington Post, and Associated Press Agree: We’re Screwed
… and it’s going to be AWESOME.
â€œâ€¦BP drill site is directly over a massive underground reservoir of methane that could result in a huge explosion that would create â€œa supersonic tsunamiâ€ that â€œwould literally sweep away everything from Miami to the panhandle in a matter of minutes. Loss of human life would be virtually instantaneous and measured in the millions.â€”.
“If the huge methane bubble breaches the seabed, it will erupt with an explosive fury similar to that experienced during the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens in the Pacific Northwest. A gas gusher will surge upwards through miles of ancient sedimentary rockâ€”layer after layerâ€”past the oil reservoir. It will explode upwards propelled by 50 tons psi, burst through the cracks and fissures of the compromised sea floor, and rupture miles of ocean bottom with one titanic explosion.
The burgeoning methane gas cloud will surface, killing everything it touches, and set off a supersonic tsunami with the wave traveling somewhere between 400 to 600 miles per hour.”
“The crude oil from the “Macondo” well, which is damaging the Gulf of Mexico, contains around 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits.”
“If the toxic gas bubble explodes, it might simultaneously set off a tsunami travelling at a high speed of hundreds of miles per hour. Florida might be most exposed to the fury of a tsunami wave. The entire Gulf coastline would be vulnerable, if the tsunami is manifest. Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southern region of Georgia might experience the effects of the tsunami according to some sources.”
“After several billion barrels of oil and billions of cubic feet of gas have been released, the massive cavity beneath the ocean floor will begin to normalise, allowing freezing water to be forced naturally into the huge cavity where the oil and gas once were. The temperature in that cavity can be extremely hot at around 150 degrees celsius or more. The incoming water will be vaporised and turned into steam, creating an enormous force, which could actually lift the Gulf floor. According to computer models, a second massive tsunami wave might occur.”
Branch connect: xkcd: Worst-Case Scenario
“Just when you think everything’s fine – that’s when it can go wrong.”
I love this for the same reason I loved all the hype around the Large Hadron Collider destroying the world (or the galaxy, or the universe), the same reason I love roller coasters and snowboarding and mountain biking and disaster movies: the tiny possibility that life could suddenly become far less pleasant gives that little shot of mental adrenaline that serves as a reminder to appreciate just how good I’ve got now, as well as the fact that so much of my life is completely beyond my control that I need to grab every chance at happiness that comes before me, for one day the opportunities to do so will be forever lost.
Now, to be fair, let me finish with the same line Warren Ellis did on his post:
“…always remember, this is posted under â€œresearch material,â€ not â€œindependently fact-checked news.â€ I write fiction, after all.”