A supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park has the capability to “potentially wipe out life as we know it.”
Citing an Arizona State University study, the report said this could happen much sooner than previously anticipated.
Scientists made a surprising discovery about a supervolcano from the remains of Yellowstone’s last supereruption.
The last time this supervolcano erupted, 50 miles of mountain disappeared. When will it blow again? Tune in at 8. pic.twitter.com/W92YC2ueGf
— Smithsonian Channel (@SmithsonianChan) October 7, 2017
The conditions leading to a volcanic supereruption may be able to form within the span of a single human lifetime.
The odds of Yellowstone, or any other supervolcano erupting anytime soon are small….. BUT…
Yellowstone supervolcano could produce cataclysmic eruption much faster than we thought.
The last time this supervolcano erupted – 630,000 years ago -, 50 miles of mountain disappeared. When will it blow again?
A full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would have up to 2,500 times the power of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption 1980, covering the United States in ash and launching the globe into a volcanic winter.
Eventhough it is unlikely to happen in anybody’s given lifetime, it will eventually happen. One of these supervolcanoes is going to blow and it’s going to be devastating!
The researchers involved analyzed fossilized ash from the last time the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted. Results showed that the changes necessary to provoke eruption happened over the course of just a few decades — not thousands of years, like was previously believed.