What if the Yellowstone Supervolcano Erupts? Of all the threats facing humanity, natural disasters are some of the greatest and the most unpredictable. Even with the early warning systems we have in place now, it’s possible for major cities to be destroyed by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanoes. But one disaster has loomed particularly largely in the media for decades, with repeated claims that we’re overdue for an event.
In recent years it’s been a go-to topic when thinking about the apocalypse, but the supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park is actually much less active than some corners of the media make it seem… with regular, sensationalist articles claiming that we’re due an eruption in Wyoming “any day now”. The idea that an event is looming generally comes from our knowledge of past supervolcanic eruptions in the region, of which there have been three: one 2.1 million years ago, another 1.3 million years ago, and the most recent 640,000 years ago.