PUBLISHED: 15:48, Sun, Oct 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:49, Sun, Oct 11, 2020
The supervolcano’s caldera was formed during the last three big events – the Huckleberry Ridge eruption 2.1 million years ago, the Mesa Falls eruption 1.3 million years ago and the Lava Creek eruption approximately 630,000 years ago. Located below Yellowstone National Park, the area is constantly monitored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for signs that history could repeat itself. But, some experts think there is more that could be done to protect the world.
Rosaly Lopes, a volcanologist and manager of the planetary science section of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: “The Yellowstone Volcano has the potential to really wreak havoc.”
And Yellowstone Park geologist Jefferson Hungerford added that, currently, “we as humans don’t have the capacity to stop a big volcano from erupting”.
He added: “How would we stop an eruption? The underlying premise here is to take the energy out of the system – that energy being heat – and we can’t do that right now.”
Researchers previously came up with a bombshell idea to “save the world” from a supereruption at Yellowstone.
Yellowstone volcano poses a significant threat (Image: GETTY)
Scientists have been monitoring the caldera for years (Image: GETTY)
The concept, which in theory would cost around £2.7billion, proposed drilling into the hydrothermal system and attempting to cool the magma.
Yellowstone was used as an example for their study, but the work applied to any supervolcano.
However, it received some criticism.
Scientists-in-charge at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, Mike Poland, said: It’s fun to think about, however, the science isn’t there and the idea is fraught with other problems."
Dr Poland and Dr Hungerford agreed that if Yellowstone were to erupt, it would be as a lava flow rather than an explosion, just like it did 70,000 years ago.
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A team of researchers proposed a plan to 'save the world' (Image: GETTY)