An Overestimated Disaster: The Yellowstone Supervolcano

by SETH LENOX

Recently, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted in a tremendous fashion which sent millions into a widespread global panic. The volcano erupted on the main island Honolulu destroying many homes in the local region and causing mass evacuations to occur. Poisonous gas leaked from the numerous volcanic vents that emerged on the surface, which in turn left areas uninhabitable.

The incredible chaos caused by this volcano has sparked numerous talks about the Yellowstone supervolcano, a dormant volcano that exploded 640,000 years ago, possibly erupting and inflicting mass destruction and damage upon planet Earth. Scientists at the University of Wyoming are studying Yellowstone very carefully to make sure there are no signs of seismic activity. After the Kilauea eruption the scientists discovered there had been a small amount of seismic activity at Yellowstone, but not even close to enough to trip alarms. This occurs purely because tectonic plates are shifting and Yellowstone being quite large in size.

The scientists at the University of Wyoming study the soil and mountains of Yellowstone on a daily basis and have strong opinions about the supervolcano never exploding in any of our lifetimes. Our environment is changing for the worse, but the Yellowstone supervolcano will not be affected.