Yellowstone Supervolcano could erupt explode earlier than previous estimates

Yellowstone Supervolcano could erupt explode earlier than previous estimates

The Yellowstone super volcano could erupt much earlier compared to previous estimates, as per a new research team from Arizona State University working in the region in and around the Yellowstone National Park. The supervolcano has been analyzed by many research teams and independent volcanologists in the past. The Yellowstone supervolcano region has a massive magma reservoir. A study conducted in 2011 found that the region above the magma reservoir in Yellowstone has bulged up by 10 inches in seven years.

The study was presented by Arizona State University research team at the IAVCEI 2017 Scientific Assembly in August 2017 in Portland, Oregon. The research team informed that they conducted analysis of minerals in fossilized ash from the most recent mega-eruption. They found changes in temperature and composition.

“It’s shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption,” study co-author Hannah Shamloo

"It's an extraordinary uplift, because it covers such a large area and the rates are so high," the University of Utah's Bob Smith. Mr. Smith is an expert in volcanic activity analysis.

Geologists have earlier suggested the supervolcano could take centuries before it explodes. However, some studies have predicted major outcomes of the supervolcano eruption that could cause massive loss to life on the planet.

A report published in National Geographic quoted Michael Poland, the current Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory for the U.S. Geological Survey, “We see interesting things all the time ... but we haven't seen anything that would lead us to believe that the sort of magmatic event described by the researchers is happening. the research overall is somewhat preliminary, but quite tantalizing.”

Based on fossil deposits like this one, scientists think the supervolcano has seen at least two other eruptions on this scale in the past two million years or so. Lucky for us, the supervolcano has been largely dormant since before the first people arrived in the Americas.