Monday, July 6, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Risk of Yellowstone eruption may be decreasing

Posted on Saturday, 6 June, 2020 | Comment icon 2 comments

One less thing to worry about ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Miguel Hermoso Cuesta
It turns out that a supervolcanic eruption at Yellowstone National Park may not happen for a very long time.
The natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park attracts thousands of tourists each year, but not far below the surface is an increasingly large chamber of molten hot magma that could erupt at any time.

The last time an eruption occurred was 631,000 years ago, suggesting that another one may be long overdue, however exactly when this might happen has long remained a bit of a mystery.

Now though, the discovery of two previously unknown super-eruptions at Yellowstone has cast into doubt the idea that the region poses an imminent threat, suggesting instead that the risk of such an event may actually be decreasing rather than increasing over time.

The two new events have been named the McMullen Creek eruption (which occurred 8.99 million years ago) and the Grey's Landing eruption (which occurred 8.72 million years ago).
Their existence significantly alters the timeline at Yellowstone and shows that the relative length of time between eruptions in more recent years is much greater than previously realized.

"We discovered that deposits previously believed to belong to multiple, smaller eruptions were in fact colossal sheets of volcanic material from two previously unknown super-eruptions at about 9.0 and 8.7 million years ago," said volcanologist Thomas Knott from the UK's University of Leicester.

"The younger of the two, the Grey's Landing super-eruption, is now the largest recorded event of the entire Snake-River-Yellowstone volcanic province. It is one of the top five eruptions of all time."

With the number of major eruptions decreasing over the last three million years however, it appears as though the Yellowstone supervolcano may not be overdue another eruption after all.

"It therefore seems that the Yellowstone hotspot has experienced a three-fold decrease in its capacity to produce super-eruption events," said Knott. "This is a very significant decline."

Source: Science Alert | Comments (2)

Tags: Yellowstone

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 6 June, 2020, 18:39
That's a relief. 2020 doesn't need a supervolcanic eruption. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by MarkmBha on 7 June, 2020, 9:04
This has been in the news as of late. War will destroy life before Yellowstone ever erupts.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


The snow on the Italian Alps is turning pink
Scientists have been investigating why large swathes of glacial ice have turned a peculiar pink color.
'Unsolved Mysteries' receives '20 credible tips'
The recent revival of the classic TV series has prompted several tips that could help to solve some of the cases.
Yowie researcher recalls his first encounter
David Taylor has been investigating Australia's answer to the legendary Sasquatch for the better part of 12 years.
Fireball produces sonic boom over Japan
A space rock created quite the spectacle when it lit up the night sky above Japan's Kanto region recently.
Stories & Experiences
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas
Orb of light in room
5-9-2020 | USA/Texas/Waco
Not sleeping alone
5-9-2020 | Los Angeles
Glowing red eyes
5-9-2020 | Fields, Louisiana
Two creature sightings
5-1-2020 | Augusta and Louisana
My haunted home
5-1-2020 | Rainham, Essex, UK

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ