Is Yellowstone Supervolcano Really “due” for Eruption?

Is Yellowstone Supervolcano Really “due” for Eruption?

A hydrothermal feature in Yellowstone National Park. (Image credit: zrfphoto via Getty Images)

Below Yellowstone National Park, a vast region of spectacular wilderness visited by around 3 million people every year (opens in new tab)lurks one of the largest volcanoes in the world.

Yellowstone’s caldera — the cauldron-like basin at the top of the volcano — is so colossal that it’s often referred to as the “supervolcano” that according to the Natural History Museum (opens in new tab) in London means it has the capacity “to generate an eruption of magnitude eight on the Volcanic Explosivity Index and discharge more than 1,000 cubic kilometers [240 cubic miles] of the material.”

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