Thanks- guess it looks like I should move to the Rockies! :-) I would be interested in some more detail or other sources on this if anyone has them.
I would't go to the rockies. Yellowstone has been discovered to be the world largest volcanic caldera, and some scientists are seeing sighns of activity.
Based on its size alone they claim that a major eruption would wipeout anything on a 600 mile radius and severly affect the rest of noth america and the world.
as far as new zealand they don't call them "the shacky islands for nothing" it would probably end up under australia in a couple of milenias.