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'Supervolcano' forming near New Zealand

Posted on Friday, 15 February, 2013 | Comment icon 26 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A massive volcano with enough destructive power to destroy the world is forming north of New Zealand.

Supervolcanoes occur when vast quantities of magma build up beneath the surface over a large period of time, eventually erupting in a single destructive event that tends to have dire consequences for life on Earth. One such supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park is well known and has been documented for years, but now it seems that there is another beginning to form north of New Zealand.

"What we may be detecting is the start of one of these large eruptive events that - if it ever happens - could cause very massive destruction on Earth," said University of Utah seismologist Michael Thorne. "This is the type of mechanism that may generate massive plume eruptions, but on the timescale of 100 million to 200 million years from now."

"A "supervolcano" forming deep below the Earth's crust north of New Zealand, will have the power to destroy the world, but scientists are urging people not to worry - it could be 100 million years away."

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Comment icon #17 Posted by jesspy on 16 February, 2013, 6:53
Hahahaha *catches breath* Hahahahahahahahaha ......
Comment icon #18 Posted by Classified Document on 16 February, 2013, 9:36
WOW. The catalyst to the apocalypse in my country? Lol!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Mag357 on 16 February, 2013, 12:30
We're more likely to destroy ourselves them mother nature.
Comment icon #20 Posted by andy hair candy on 17 February, 2013, 2:21
Id like to see the state of planet earth in 100 million years. I doubt a volcano will mess things up any more
Comment icon #21 Posted by Wearer of Hats on 17 February, 2013, 3:54
We believe that God created [s]Arakis[/s] Australia in order to test the Faithful.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Professor T on 17 February, 2013, 5:36
Yes, but when God wanted Jesus to be born in Australia he ran into trouble finding three wise men and a Virgin.. Tough luck ozzies!
Comment icon #23 Posted by MichaelW on 17 February, 2013, 8:49
Well, that's supervolcano number two. Oh, and for everyone's piece of mind, Taupo's still active. It's last eruption was 1700 years ago, over 600 years overdue.
Comment icon #24 Posted by woopypooky on 17 February, 2013, 9:57
100 mln years, are they trolling?
Comment icon #25 Posted by moonshadow60 on 17 February, 2013, 17:55
The Santorini volcano is slowly inflating again. Not much mention has been made of that or all of the volcanoes that are active now. I would worry more about those than something that none of us will be alive to see happen.
Comment icon #26 Posted by MichaelW on 18 February, 2013, 0:07
Taupo is still active and has produced two of the most violent eruptions in our collective memory.

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