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Supervolcano beneath Yellowstone: Seismic waves measure cavern, may erupt again

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A supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park doesn’t have people running for their lives from a massive eruption quite yet, but the giant underground volcano may erupt again. A seismic waves study has recently been used to measure the giant cavern, and the latest updates on this report state because of the tremendous levels of molten rock sitting beneath the earth, an eruption could very well lead to the destruction of the world as we know it. The Epoch Times relays the facts surrounding this important news story via a new American Geophysical Union’s report this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone has lain dormant for thousands of years, but if seismic waves tell us anything about the sheer size of this underground crater, there is definite reason to keep a close eye on this ticking time bomb. This Wyoming volcano is now believed to be over twice the size than was believed just months ago, and to carry literally thousands of tons of molten rock beneath the earth’s crust, extending over 50 miles toward our planet’s core.

According to the press release, the geological experts on the team presented their new findings at the American Geophysical Union’s seasonal meeting here in the U.S. at San Francisco this Friday.

“We’ve been working there for a long time, and we’ve always thought it would be bigger… but this finding is astounding,” one source said in a statement.

Should humanity be preparing itself for doomsday from this supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park? Not quite yet, fortunately, but one shouldn’t be too quick to forget about the humongous cavern, either. With the last eruption believed to have gone off well over 600,000 years ago, covering the entire U.S. in masses of ash, smoke, and lava, having another blow-up would mean the end of our world’s civilization.

Seismometers, devices that measure the power and range of seismic waves in natural occurrences like earthquakes, were revealed to be used in mapping out the tremendous size of the cavern that could one day erupt again, spewing out its fiery contents.

“Aside from the supervolcano, we record earthquakes in and around Yellowstone, and we measure the seismic waves as they travel through the ground,” said Dr. Jamie Farrell, also of the University of Utah. “The waves travel slower through hot and partially molten material… with this, we can measure what’s beneath.”

At least two other eruptions are believed to have happened in the earths’ history, and let’s know the third won’t be in our lifetimes.



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