There’s good news and bad news. First the bad news: a super-volcano under Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. looks set to destroy life as we know it.
The good news is that most wildlife has fled the park leading to a 100% reduction in the theft of pic-a-nic baskets.
But getting back to the bad news, Boffins had this to say:
“Magma would be flung 50 kilometres into the atmosphere. Within a thousand kilometres virtually all life would be killed by falling ash, lava flows and the sheer explosive force of the eruption. One thousand cubic kilometres of lava would pour out of the volcano, enough to coat the whole of the USA with a layer 5 inches thick. The explosion would be the loudest noise heard by man for 75,000 years.” Read more.
If you’re wondering whether any action can be taken to prevent Mother Nature purging man-kind, the American Government has got you covered – they’re planning a series of pre-emptive strikes on planet Earth.
So if you’re walking down the street one day and hear a loud ‘pop’ it’s just the end of the world. Don’t forget to duck and cover!