Yellowstone National Park is renowned for more than just its hot springs and Old Faithful. The area is famous in the volcanology community for being the site of three explosive supereruptions, the last of which was 640,000 years ago.
However, many researchers believe that the next big eruption could be just around the corner!
YouTuberhas been uploading videos of the Yellowstone geysers for over a year now and says that the geysers have been erupting more frequently and stronger than anything she has ever witnessed in the past.
“I caught this awesome footage of the left and back geysers erupting with very high plumes and with way more frequency. This uptick in geyser activity comes along with the bright area in the back behind the tree line becoming so bright it has been lighting up the sky….along with some small eq swarms and some high CO2 readings recently. Does this mean anything….don’t know. But I definitely see these eruptions getting stronger than usual. Keeping an eye on this!”
In one of her most recent videos, powerful plumes of steam can be seen coming from the geysers, which could be a sign that the deadly super volcano could be about to erupt.
Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active areas in the United States. Approximatelyoccur each year in the Yellowstone area, they are a result of the enormous number of faults associated with the volcano. So far this month Yellowstone has had 139 earthquakes!
Many believe that the Volcano is overdue for an eruption, scientists have noted that the last three eruptions occurred on a 600,000-700,000-year cycle. The last eruption happened 640,000 years ago, meaning that the volcano could erupt at any time.
If the volcano were to erupt, it could cause a global catastrophe, particularly in the United States. It would immediately render two-thirds of the country uninhabitable, a large spew of ash into the atmosphere would block out sunlight and directly affect life beneath it.
Hannah Shamloo a geologist at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration in Tempe said. “And I like to ask, ‘Can we really forecast that?’” Shamloo and Till hope that they can.
Shamloo is working towards finding the trigger of the last major Yellowstone eruption. She believes that knowing the eruption trigger is the first step towards pinpointing when the next big eruption will take place.
Hopefully, Shamloo will figure that out soon, but the question that is on all of our minds is, will we know before it is too late? Until then keep positive thoughts and let’s all hope that the next big eruption will not be in 2017 or anytime soon!You may share this post on Facebook and Twitter.
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