The supervolcano Toba in Indonesia is actually more dangerous than previously thought

(ORDO NEWS) — About 75 thousand years ago on the island of Sumatra, which is part of modern Indonesia, there was a catastrophic eruption of the huge volcano Toba. It was called the strongest that has happened in the last hundred thousand years.

IFL Science reports.

Experts used to believe that the ejection of a lot of volcanic ash and magma happened only once. Recent studies have shown that after a terrible eruption, the Toba volcano continued to eject large quantities of magma for 5-13 thousand years.

Supervolcanoes erupt very rarely in fact. Martin Danichek, a specialist from Australia, spoke about this. The area of ​​the caldera can be inhabited by people in just a thousand years. It is after such a period of time that it is considered almost completely safe for living. But recent evidence suggests that even if there is no longer liquid magma under the caldera, this is no guarantee that new eruptions will not occur.

Danichek noted that all supervolcanoes erupt in different ways and each process is considered unique. To date, scientists cannot determine exactly how high the risk of re-eruptions in areas of other supervolcanoes is.


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