A Yellowstone supervolcano eruption capable of wiping out the western half of the U.S. may be closer than previously thought. Scientists say the Earth is now in a “volcano season,” and a large volcanic eruption poses a significantly greater global threat than even the effects of climate change.
According to scientists from the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Earth is experiencing a 300-year period of increased volcanic activity, or a volcano season. Some scientists have speculated this increased activity may be due to rising sea levels, possibly related to global warming.
In the report, entitled “Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience,” experts predict a supervolcano eruption with the ability to kill millions has a five to 10 percent chance of happening within the next 70 to 80 years. Such an event would make it difficult for a global society to adapt and remain sustainable.
Researchers are particularly worried about active volcanoes in Yellowstone National Park in the United States, Mount Vesuvius in Italy, and Popocatépetl in Mexico. As reported by International Business Times, the environmental impact would go well beyond any damaging effects of climate change over a 1,000 year period, should any of these three erupt.
Measuring 35 by 45 miles, the Yellowstone caldera is one of the largest supervolcanoes on Earth. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, an estimated 90,000 people will die instantly, and the Earth’s atmosphere would be contaminated with ash and toxic gases, potentially blocking out the sun for decades, should a Yellowstone eruption occur.
Using new research, scientists can now take a deep look underground and digitally recreate what a supervolcano eruption in Yellowstone might be like. read more…