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Supervolcano beneath Yellowstone could cause catastrophic damage to Earth

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Recent revelations regarding the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone have startled the scientific community because geologists have discovered that the supervolcano is much larger than previously thought. The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone threatens whole species with extinction because if an eruption occurs, it could create a devastating impact on the climate of the entire planet, a Dec. 12 report from CBS Las Vegas revealed.

Based on a new study, the magma chamber of the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone is about 2.5 times larger than earlier estimates indicated.

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When most people think of Yellowstone National Park, the first thing that comes to mind is the diverse wildlife and the awe-inspiring Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. However, many are unaware of the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone which, if it erupts, could spell disaster for humanity.

A recent report from BBC News states that the cavern of the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone covers an area more than 55 miles and it contains an incredible 200-600 cubic km of molten rock.

It is impossible to be entirely clear as to when the next major eruption from the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone will be, but geologists fear it could take place in the not too distant future.

Dr. James Farrell of the University of Utah explained to BBC during an interview that an eruption from the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone would be 2,000 times the size of the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. To put this in perspective, the Mount St. Helens eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states.

It also caused snow, ice and several entire glaciers on the volcano to melt which created a series of large volcanic mudslides that reached as far as the Columbia River, nearly 50 miles to the southwest. Despite the immense damage it caused, only fifty-seven people were killed.

If the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone were to erupt, the damage would be exponentially greater.

Dr. Farrell gave the following statement pertaining to the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone:

“We know there’s been these really large volcanic eruptions in the past and what we’re seeing now matches that.We see that there is indeed a large magma reservoir and that there is the potential for large volcanic eruptions in the future.”

“These are really big volcanic eruptions and it would definitely be a global event. It would not only affect the U.S. but it would affect the world."

“All this material that is shot up in the atmosphere would eventually circle the earth and would affect the climate throughout the world,” Farrell concluded.

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