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The next Yellowstone supereruption is close

By T.K. Randall
May 3, 2012 · Comment icon 21 comments



Image Credit: USGS - C.G. Newhall
Researchers discover that the Yellowstone super-volcano is a lot more active than previously thought.
It's easy to forget that sitting below the idyllic landscape of Yellowstone National Park, spread over the junction of three states in the northwestern United States, is a boiling mass of magma. Tourists admire the geysers spewing hot water into the air, never thinking of the pyrotechnics that would be visible were the volcano itself to erupt.

For many years, volcanologists have recognised the Yellowstone caldera as one of only six super-volcanoes around the world. New research has indicated that while the caldera isn't as "super" as once believed it is potentially a lot more active. No matter what the case may be there's no mistaking the potential for devastation - even the 12% reduction would still give off hundreds of times the amount of ash that the Mount Saint Helen's eruption did in 1980.[!gad]It's easy to forget that sitting below the idyllic landscape of Yellowstone National Park, spread over the junction of three states in the northwestern United States, is a boiling mass of magma. Tourists admire the geysers spewing hot water into the air, never thinking of the pyrotechnics that would be visible were the volcano itself to erupt.

For many years, volcanologists have recognised the Yellowstone caldera as one of only six super-volcanoes around the world. New research has indicated that while the caldera isn't as "super" as once believed it is potentially a lot more active. No matter what the case may be there's no mistaking the potential for devastation - even the 12% reduction would still give off hundreds of times the amount of ash that the Mount Saint Helen's eruption did in 1980.
The good news: scientists have discovered that "the Yellowstone super-volcano is a little less super than previously thought. " The bad news: the Yellowstone super-volcano is "more active than previously thought. " That means eruptions are more frequent. So the next one is likely closer than previously predicted. Gulp.


Source: Gizmodo | Comments (21)


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Comment icon #12 Posted by Arawyn 11 years ago
hmm, I dunno, tehy could be wrong about this. But just incase I'm gonna move to Ireland now...
Comment icon #13 Posted by ealdwita 11 years ago
hmm, I dunno, tehy could be wrong about this. But just incase I'm gonna move to Ireland now... Ah weel now, a ghrá mo chroí, afore ye get too hasty - dere's a smallish lump appeared boi de kitchen stoop just now. Me da sez it's a mole, or a cracked sewage poipe, but oi have me doubts. Sláinte chugat
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mikami 11 years ago
oh well...a little ash wont hurt...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Paracelse 11 years ago
hmm, I dunno, tehy could be wrong about this. But just incase I'm gonna move to Ireland now... You sure you wanna move to Ireland it's very close to Germany And here is another link
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hilander 11 years ago
The ground is also swelling around the Three Sisters in the Oregon Cascade range. I wonder how many other places this is going on. How many eminent eruptions around the world are there right now. I know a volcano in Mexico is about to blow.
Comment icon #17 Posted by jesspy 11 years ago
I have a Yellostone on my face that might blow any second.... I say betelgeuse goes supanova before yellostone blows again.
Comment icon #18 Posted by mommaswilber2311 11 years ago
Well, I live up here about 200 miles away from West Yellowstone Park and I have never been afraid of anything, I lived in the town of West Yellowstone and had a blast. We were never afraid of anything, we figured the incident on Hebgan Lake was enough for a while. ( in 1959?)
Comment icon #19 Posted by mommaswilber2311 11 years ago
So, nobody is going to respond to this topic, maybe I got a little too deep. I am really looking for some physic wierd crap that has happened to me and wonder if the same has happened to any of you out there?
Comment icon #20 Posted by robbinak 11 years ago
I've been threw a few eruptions to know that it's always good to be prepared w/a few respirators, flash light & duck tape Okay now you have to spill it.... what happened at Hebgan Lake?
Comment icon #21 Posted by PeacefulAnarchy 11 years ago
I've been hearing the same story for about 10 years now, someone must be bored...


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