An alarming new study claims that the supervolcano lurking under Yellowstone that could wipe out life on Earth could explode sooner than thought.
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and one of the reasons it’s so beautiful is because there is a supervolcano underneath it that is so huge it could wipe out life on Earth. And a concerning new study suggests that could happen a lot more quickly than scientists realize.
It’s not time to panic just yet, as Yellowstone is not about to erupt. What scientists have actually found is that when it does start moving toward eruption, it would take a lot less time for it to do so. The likelihood of it erupting within the next few thousands years, however, are extremely low, so this finding is less a reason to worry and more of a fascinating finding from a scientific point of view.
Scientists had thought it would take thousands or at least hundreds of years for conditions to start changing to allow for a supereruption, but now they’ve determined it could take only decades. Since Yellowstone is extremely well monitored, however, we would have plenty of advance noticed in the unlikely event it happened in our lifetimes.
“The Yellowstone Caldera is a volcanic caldera and supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park in the Western United States, sometimes referred to as the Yellowstone Supervolcano,” reads a Wikipedia excerpt. “The caldera and most of the park are located in the northwest corner of Wyoming. The major features of the caldera measure about 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km). The caldera formed during the last of three supereruptions over the past 2.1 million years: the Huckleberry Ridge eruption 2.1 million years ago (which created the Island Park Caldera and the Huckleberry Ridge Tuff); the Mesa Falls eruption 1.3 million years ago (which created the Henry’s Fork Caldera and the Mesa Falls Tuff); and the Lava Creek eruption approximately 630,000 years ago (which created the Yellowstone Caldera and the Lava Creek Tuff).”