Is the Yellowstone supervolcano really ‘predicted’ to erupt?

Is the Yellowstone supervolcano really ‘predicted’ to erupt?

Is the Yellowstone supervolcano really ‘predicted’ to erupt?

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Beneath Yellowstone National Park, a vast expanse of spectacular wilderness visited by about 3 million people annually (opens in new tab)looms one of the largest volcanoes in the world.

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

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