The best way for Russia to solve its problem with America would be to trigger a nuclear weapon at Yellowstone National Park and hope it would set off a supervolcano, destroying the continent, according to the chief of a Russian think tank.
The suggestion is attributed to Konstantin Sivkov, who wrote in an article at the Russian language VPK News that as “a result, the U.S. will cease to exist.”
While the rest of the world, he noted, would suffer a “catastrophe,” Russia likely would suffer little “due to the distance from the eruption site, the size of the territory and the location.”
While the stress of such a disaster would affect all of civilization, he wrote, such a weapon “has the possibility” of stopping “all thought of aggression against Russia.”
In the alternative, he wrote, a nuke on the San Andreas fault might set off earthquakes that also could decimate large parts of America. His hope would be that it would create a tsunami a mile deep that would wash across the U.S. nearly 1,000 miles inland.
Sivkov, described as a geopolitical analyst, also accused the West of moving “to the borders of Russia” already.
The article was translated from Russian by the Sydney Morning Herald, where reporter Su-Lin Tan wrote, “He has a conspiracy theory that NATO – a political and military alliance which counts the U.S., UK, Canada and many countries in western Europe as members – was amassing strength against Russia, and the only way to combat that problem was to attack America’s vulnerabilities to ensure a ‘complete destruction of the enemy.’”
Sivkov, the head of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems in Moscow, wrote: “Geologists believe that the Yellowstone supervolcano could explode at any moment. There are signs of growing activity there. Therefore, it suffices to push the relatively small, for example the impact of the munition megaton class to initiate an eruption. The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States – a country just disappears.”
He continued: “Another vulnerable area of the United States from the geophysical point of view, is the San Andreas fault – 1,300 kilometers between the Pacific and North American plates … a detonation of a nuclear weapon there can trigger catastrophic events like a coast-scale tsunami which can completely destroy the infrastructure of the United States.”
The Herald noted that Sivkov spoke at the 2013 Moscow Economic Forum.
He said that by 2020 or 2025, Russia would have “asymmetric weapons” in its arsenal for the attack.
He lamented, according to the Herald, the “weakened economic potential in Russia, the loss of the ‘spiritual core of what was the communist idea,’ and [with] the lack of large-scale community allies in Europe such as the Warsaw Pact, Russia simply cannot compete against the NATO and its allies.”
The analyst, described in the article as a military strategist, told Pravda previously that the ultimate goal of the U.S. is to “destroy Russia.”
And he charged that “American politicians” have participated in international crimes, but he doubts whether they will be held accountable.
An online translation of the VPK article quoted Sivkov noting that for Russia, the situation now is “incomparably worse” than during the 1950s and 1960s at the height of the Cold War.
That’s because “Western-oriented oligarchs and related liberal officialdom” are in charge.
Yellowstone presents an opportunity for Russia, he said, but it depends on the “political will” of the Russia’s leaders.
“The power of this supervolcano” would prove “disastrous” for the U.S., he said.
“Geologists believe that the Yellowstone supervolcano could explode at any moment. … Therefore it suffices to push the relatively small [explosion] … to initiate an eruption.”
The National Park Service claims there have been several major volcanic eruptions in the Yellowstone area in what it says were the last 2 million years, the last only about 174,000 years ago when the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake was created.
A huge landslide in the 1950s created another lake on the northwest edge of the park.
The Park Service adds that the Yellowstone Caldera was created about 640,000 years ago, a region that is now 30 miles by 45 miles.
“The Yellowstone volcano is still active,” the government reports. “Evidence for the activity of the Yellowstone volcano are the 1,000 to 3,000 earthquakes per year, active ground deformation, and the over 10,000 geothermal features found in Yellowstone.”
It is considered a “supervolcano” because it is believed to have the capability of erupting more than 240 cubic miles of magma.
On the Park Service website, there is the cryptic advice to visitors: “Nothing can be done to prevent an eruption.”
See a government map of the area of impact experts believe was affected in the U.S. during historic Yellowstone eruptions: