Yellowstone ‘supervolcano’ eruption would be catastrophic, NYT op-ed says

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The eruption of a “supervolcano” underneath Yellowstone National Park would be like nothing mankind has ever seen, according to an op-ed in The New York Times.

There are 20 supervolcanoes on Earth, would represent the greatest natural threat to human life, writes the ‘end times’ author, Bryan Walsh.


The Yellowstone supervolcano is one of eight out of eight on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, but it has only erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago.

Volcanologists are predicting an explosion could disperse the poisonous gas, all the way to the Midwest, ruining the crops, and the use of power, according to Walsh. He added that a toxic cloud blocking the sun’s rays can cause a lot of cold temperatures in the United States for one year.

The European Science Foundation said it would be “the biggest catastrophe since the dawn of civilization,” said Walsh.

He said that the supervolcanoes represent an “ultra-catastrophe” that could lead to human extinction. Other examples include a natural disaster, or nuclear / biological warfare. He points out that, although an eruption in our life, it is unlikely they would be able to decimate the planet.

“It will be a year in which no one dies in an accident, but there will never be a year in which 10 percent of the world’s population died in a single airplane crash,” Walsh writes, for comparison purposes, using the argument that the government should spend more money on volcano hazard programs.

The Federal Aviation Administration spent more than $7 billion a year on safety and security in the aviation sector, as compared to $22 million compared to the volcano, and the programs, “he supervolcanoes, as seen on one of the longest of the long-term, it will be the death of many more people than a plane crash,” he writes.


Walsh closes by saying that we have the power to prevent such a catastrophic disaster, but we are limited to the human dimension of our experience, we will treat them as unreal. In addition, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable that we can’t even imagine.”

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