Yellowstone Supervolcano

Yellowstone Volcano 2012

What Is The Yellowstone Volcano?

The Yellowstone volcano is a supervolcano located in Northwest Wyoming. It is classified as a supervolcano for it’s massive amount of power it holds beneath the ground. The classification of a supervolcano is based off the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI). This index ranges on a scale of 1-8. All supervolcanoes are classified as 8. It is considered one of the last supervolcano on the planet, with the last supervolcano eruption before it being the Toba supervolcano in Indonesia. It was established as the first national park in the 1870s. It is home to the famous “Old Faithful” geyser. This geyser erupts around every 60-90 minutes, shooting up to 8,400 gallons of hot water almost 150 feet in the air.

Yellowstone volcano is also classified as a caldera. A caldera is a massive depression in the ground, containing magma, hot gases, and liquefied rocks. It is different from normal volcanoes in that it is not raised high above the ground in a dome shape. Calderas resemble a volcanic crater. The term “caldera” comes from the Spanish word “cauldron”. What exactly is brewing under there? Does it being underground make it all the more dangerous?

Yellowstone Volcano and 2012

Yellowstone Volcano is one of the biggest and most realistic of the 2012 predictions. Scientists will tell you today that Yellowstone is overdue for a volcanic eruption, thus leading to the theory that 2012 could be that date. An eruption from this supervolcano could be catastrophic, as it is estimated to be 1,000′s of times more powerful than a regular volcano. The last supervolcano to erupt, the Toba volcano, was estimated to have erupted around 75,000 years ago and theorists suggest it was the cause of wiping out the majority of the planet, and caused a temperature drop by 20 degrees Celsius.

Consequences

An eruption from this supervolcano could have numerous catastrophic outcomes. It is estimated that 5 miles below the surface of the Yellowstone caldera lays a pit of magma measuring 30 miles long and 20 miles wide. With the amount of pressure contained within the supervolcano, which is already visible through its cycles of hourly “mini-eruptions”, the release of this amount of hot magma could decimate North America. It’s effects could reach across the world however.

Yellowstone Fallout

If the last supervolcano is believed to be the reason of the last ice age, what could Yellowstone do? The eruption itself wouldn’t be the worst, even if it did remove North America off the face of the earth (Atlantis scenario?). The eruption could cause a chain of natural occurrences that could wreck havoc on the rest of the planet – Mass tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, black ash, etc.

Whatever the case may be, the consequences of an eruption could be cataclysmic. Time will tell.

 

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