If the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park finally erupts, then we’re in for the ultimate doomsday scenario. The immediate area surrounding Yellowstone would be devastated, and the millions of tons of ash would blanket the U.S. from coast to coast. Officially, the chances of this eruption happening are one in 700,000. That number, however, might need to be changed sooner than we thought…
Earlier this week, officials at Yellowstone closed a road near the Mammoth Hot Springs after a new hot spring suddenly became “visibly active.”
Visibly active, in this case, meant heat near the surface of 152 degrees Fahrenheit and scalding water bubbling out of cracks in the ground.
While this might seem like a routine discovery at Yellowstone, it comes just months after the discovery of a previously unknown magma chamber under the park.
The previously unknown reservoir of molten rock was discovered by researchers at the University of Utah using seismic imaging technology. It’s located around 12 to 28 miles below the surface, and is four times bigger than the other known magma chamber in Yellowstone.
Does this mean things are literally heating up in Yellowstone?
While it’s hard to say for sure what is happening below the surface at Yellowstone, these signs don’t look good.
The last eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano was over 600,000 years ago.
Regardless of when this eruption might happen, this is not something to be taken lightly. What’s happening with the new hot springs is hopefully just a part of the natural cycle of things and not a sign of impending doom. At any rate, I plan on getting a head start on my volcano shelter this weekend.