A supervolcano that could destroy humanity is ready to erupt — and NASA is trying to figure out how to contain it | Business Insider
Below Yellowstone National Park, there's a huge magma reservoir that's responsible for all the geysers and hot basins, bubbling away — and it's precisely this reservoir that has the potential to destroy humanity.
While the reservoir below Wyoming National Park isn't the only potential supervolcano in the world, Yellowstone is ready to erupt.
Roughly every 100,000 years, there's a supervolcano explosion, the consequences of which can be fatal: if Yellowstone were to erupt, it would result in worldwide hunger and a volcanic winter (the cooling of the lower atmosphere). According to UN estimates reported by The Guardian, an eruption could leave us with just enough food reserves for exactly 74 days. Read the rest of the story at Business Insider.