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Yellowstone’s super-volcano

with a magma reserve, two and a half times larger than previously estimated, is about to erupt. It could create an explosion that is predicted to be 2,000 times the size of Mount St Helens 1980’s eruption.   

Eruptions only need a few decades of gestation before exploding and this super-volcano has the ability to expel 1,000 cubic kilometres of ash and rock, which could blanket the United States, possibly sending the world into a volcanic winter with volcanic ash and sulfur cutting out the sunlight and cooling the earth’s surface.

Fossil deposits indicate that Yellowstone’s super-volcano has seen at least two other eruptions on this scale in the past two million years or so leaving one to believe that the apocalypse waits.

NASA is now working on a way to prevent the super-volcano from destroying humankind and is developing plans to drill into the magma chamber to cool down the volcano. But that too has risks, for the very methods meant to save us could trigger the eruption. Clearly it’s a situation that’s too hot to handle.

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