A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 131, Friday
May 11th, 2018
Chapter Five: The Axis
It had been over six hundred and forty thousand years since the last massive eruption of the great North American volcano, six hundred and forty thousand years of pressure that had been building.
Volcanoes erupted around the world all the time. There were other smaller volcanoes of this type in other places around the world. Jim had been on Earth seventy-two thousand years ago when the last massive caldera blew.
The Indonesia volcano nearly wiped out the human race. It reduced a population of millions to just a few thousand. That volcano, while one of the largest on earth, was only a tenth the size of monster in Yellowstone.
When the Yellowstone Caldera blew, the Earth shook, the entire planet felt the rumble. The magnetic poles reversed, the world shifted on its axis, and wobbled in its orbit.
The stars, when they became visible again, they would never look the same.
None of the scientists, the geologists, the seismologists, none of them had any idea just how much power would be expelled when the eruption finally came.
None of them had long to contemplate their error.
If they had known they might have tried to do something about it, even considering the risks. They might have tried to ease the pressure from the sleeping giant, but they never had a chance.
Life would certainly reestablish itself. New species would emerge. Some humans would survive, but they would all be changed.
Even still, the planet was doomed, its orbit changed. That alone would spell the end of things for Earth.
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