What would happen if the Yellowstone National Park’s Supervolcano erupted today? There has been evidence in the past of the Yellowstone supervolcano erupting and destroying life throughout the area and causing major problems throughout the world. We all know that Yellowstone National Park is a caldera and has erupted thousands and millions of years ago. But what would happen if it happened today? This and more questions were asked on the History channel episodic shows called Mega Disasters. Mega Disasters: Yellowstone Volcano was the episode that has aired many times over the years and was shown recently.
The Yellowstone Volcano is one of the largest and the most deadly volcanoes in the world and it last erupted about six thousand years ago. There have been evidence that it may happen again in the far distant future. There have been small earthquakes in the area in the last few years but no major evidence that says it will erupting anytime soon. Scientists have been studying this area for many years and there is hope that they will be able to give some indication of when it will erupt again so they can get the hundreds of people that come to the area each year out of harms way. If it happened today, it would be devastation. In the nearby towns of Bozeman, Montana, Cody, Wyoming, and other area towns would be totally destroyed and if the people were not evacuated, people would be killed. If they were evacuated, people would still face some insurmountable problems. The problems would be associated with ash and what that ash would do. The ash has been discovered in what had happened to the animals when this volcano erupted. The Nebraska plains animals breathed in the ash, which scientists say is basically made of glass. When the animals breathed in this ash, it killed them within the week, at least. So, if it happened today, with the hundreds of people in the surrounding area, it would be total devastation. This ash would be also spread around the country and the world. It would be devastate the food populations and the planting seasons in the United States, causing starvation for many.
We would not be able to comprehend it all because it is something that we have never encountered in our lifetimes. We have encountered some smaller disasters today with major hurricanes and other natural disasters, but nothing like what could happen with the Yellowstone Super Volcano. Half of the United States would be under a blanket of ash that would make it look like a blizzard had hit, but much worse. Nothing would be able to grow and around the world, more problems would crop up. There would be epidemics and social problems that we have seen before would start to happen. This is something that is so huge, as I am writing this, it is hard to comprehend. I am hoping that whatever happens that the scientists will be able to foretell what will happen and be able to figure out how to stop this from happening. There is a belief that maybe a comet or an asteroid did not destroy the dinosaurs, that maybe the Yellowstone Super Volcano may have been the culprit.
This Mega Disasters episode is something to think about and hope that this never happens in this lifetime. I would not like to see this happen anytime soon. It does make you think about what could happen it this does happen. Life as we know it would be no more and we would have to learn to live a new way of life, if we survived.