Numerous Americans fear of a super-eruption of the Yellowstone Volcano. The last time the volcano erupted was 631,000 years ago. A Yellowstone eruption would be a massive one, and it would cover North America in ash, and it would affect the global weather patterns, a new study revealed.
The good news is that scientists tell us that it is incredibly unlikely to have a Yellowstone eruption during our lifetime. According to the USGS, people have no reason to worry. Michael Poland, a USGS geologist, talked about a Yellowstone eruption in the Yellowstone Caldera Chronicles.
“We’ve heard many statements that Yellowstone is overdue – that it has a major eruption every 600,000 years on average, and since the last eruption was 631,000 years ago, well, you can see where this is going. Is this true? In a word, no. In two words, no way. In three words, not even close. Yellowstone doesn’t work that way,” Poland said.
A Yellowstone eruption is not going to happen during our lifetime
According to scientists, it very hard to estimate when a volcano will erupt, and patterns are very hard to anticipate, especially when there is very little data available. Therefore, it is impossible to say that a Yellowstone eruption takes place every 700,000 on average. More than that, even if that calculation were accurate, we would still have many years to go.
“This comes out to an average of about 725,000 years between eruptions. That being the case, we still have about 100,000 years to go, but this number is based on very little data and so is basically meaningless – would you base any conclusion on the average of just two numbers? ” asked Michael Poland. “The point, however, is that if someone, or some article or documentary, says that Yellowstone erupts every 600,000 years, you know right off the bat that they are full of baloney,” the researcher concluded.
However, a future Yellowstone eruption would change the global weather patterns, therefore affecting the entire world, not only the North America region.
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