Supervolcano Beneath Yellowstone

December 14, 2013 by  

Supervolcano Beneath Yellowstone, The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in the United States may seem quiet, but what many do not know is that it has the potential to cause worldwide climate damage if and when it erupts, according to a Dec. 12 report from CBS Las Vegas. Recently, geologists were shocked after they discovered that the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone is much bigger than previously believed.

According to a new study, it is likely that the next major eruption in Yellowstone will occur in one of three areas of parallel faults running through the park from north to northwest. National Geographic reports that no supervolcano has erupted in recorded human history, but geologists fear that Earth is long overdue for an eruption.

A report from Raw Story indicates that the magma chamber of the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone is nearly 2.5 times larger than earlier estimates suggested, stretching over 55 miles and containing about 125 and 185 cubic miles of molten rock.

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