(ORDO NEWS) — Yellowstone is an urgent threat not only to the United States, but to the planet as a whole. In the event of an eruption, the consequences of the disaster will be felt around the world. Periodically, the volcano shows its ardent disposition when there will be the next powerful lava outburst – a mystery.
Scientists have been looking for a way to predict a possible catastrophe all this time, and it seems they have succeeded. Now magma is still coming out of numerous vents at various points. Serious eruptions often occur many kilometers from the central caldera, making it very difficult to make any predictions. The settlements near the volcano are in danger.
A group of scientists studied the paths along which magma moves in order to predict the outcome of events. The points where the incandescent substance can come out again became more pronounced.
According to the findings, it is easiest for magma to exit through rocks, since it is easiest to squeeze through them. Many vents only exit once. Previously, experts believed that it was much easier for magma to pass through faults. Eleanor Rivalta’s team refuted this theory.
Based on the data obtained, computer models were compiled. Yellowstone’s behavior has been compared to the similar volcano Campi Flegrei in Italy. Geologists have marked on the map 70 eruptions that have occurred over the past 15 thousand years. The resulting model will be applied to Yellowstone.
The supervolcano caldera consists of a thousand vents that arose each time after during the eruptions 2.1 million, 1.3 million and 630 thousand years ago. Yellowstone wakes up every 700,000 years on average, so humans still have about 70,000 years.
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