When it comes to massive, extinction-level events, there are plenty of ways in which the human race could ultimately disappear.
There are plagues, of course; something that we are all too familiar with during this never-ending pandemic.
And there are otherworldly cataclysms to worry about as well. A meteor strike, an exploding star, or even little green men could be an issue for humanity in the not-so-distant future.
But there is another threat to mankind just below our feet, and scientists in one of America’s most scenic locales are now sounding the alarm.
YELLOWSTONE volcano experienced more than 1,000 earthquakes last month – a four-year record high that the US Geological Survey (USGS) said will “likely increase” in the coming days.
After a period of intense seismic activity, the USGS has published its monthly report for the Yellowstone National Park and volcano. Stretching across a 43 by 28 mile section of the Western United States, the supervolcano is one of the nation’s most seismically active regions. The Yellowstone volcano has also been the site of three cataclysmic eruptions that are estimated to have gone off about 2.1 million, 1.3 million and 640,000 years ago.
The eruptions covered vast swathes of the US in a layer of volcanic ash and should that happen today, the fallout would likely disrupt climate patterns and affect global food production.
The idea of a massive super volcano eruption in the American west has fascinated pop culture followers for decades, but mainstream science has been working hard in recent years to try to downplay the possibility.