Volcano Puts National Park in Danger?


One of the most frequented national parks in the United States may be in jeopardy due to a possible eruption of one of the “world’s largest super-volcanoes”. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is home to a caldera, which has been steadily rising over the last three years and may be due to erupt in the near future. The devastation of such an eruption seems unimaginable. Not only would it have a thousand times greater force than Mount St. Helens did in 1980, but it could have the capability to render two-thirds of the United States in a state of disrepair. The last time the caldera suffered a full eruption was 640,000 years ago; though modern technologies aid scientists in tracking the rising of the magma beneath the surface, they still remain unable to predict when the next large blast could take place. The two most concerning things for me are the large amount of people the eruption could affect, and the obliteration of the wildlife in the National Park. The United States goes to great lengths to preserve Yellowstone, and it seems horrific that one volcanic eruption could completely wipe out thousands of animals almost instantaneously.

Diana E.

Sources: Daily Mail | MSNBC

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