What Would An Eruption Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Look Like?

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Yellowstone Eruption

On Sunday, the worst earthquake in about 30 years rattled the Yellowstone supervolcano.  Overall, there have been at least 25 significant earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park since Thursday, but it is the 4.8 earthquake that has many observers extremely worried.  Could such a large earthquake be a sign that the Yellowstone supervolcano is starting to roar to life after all this time?  And if it does erupt, what would that mean for the rest of the country?  As you will see below, a full-blown eruption at Yellowstone would be absolutely catastrophic.  It is estimated that such an eruption could dump a 10 foot deep layer of volcanic ash up to 1,000 miles away and render much of the nation uninhabitable for years to come.  In essence, it would instantly bring the United States to its knees.

It is true that it is normal for Yellowstone to experience up to 3,000 earthquakes a year.  But most of those earthquakes are extremely small and nothing to worry about.

But the 4.8 earthquake that struck on Sunday is definitely raising eyebrows – especially considering what else has been going on at Yellowstone lately.

For example, the scientists that monitor Yellowstone are telling us that the area where the earthquake was centered has been experiencing “ground uplift” in recent months…

A University of Utah release said that the quake area had experienced a “ground uplift” since August and that “seismicity in the general region of the uplift has been elevated for several months.

I don’t know about you, but the fact that the largest volcano in the U.S. by far has been experiencing “ground uplift” is not very comforting to me.

And there have been reports of strange animal behavior around Yellowstone as well.  For example, the following YouTube video of numerous bison literally running away from Yellowstone has gone viral…

That video was captured during the month of March well before the 4.8 earthquake happened.

Could it be possible that those bison sensed that something was coming?

The danger posed by Yellowstone should not be underestimated.

This is something that I have written about before, but since then scientists have discovered that the Yellowstone supervolcano is actually two and a half times larger than they previously believed it to be…

Late last year a new study into the enormous super volcano found the underground magma chamber to be 2.5 times larger than previously thought — a cavern spanning some 90km by 30km and capable of holding 300 billion cubic kilometres of molten rock.

If the sleeping giant were to wake, the outflow of lava, ash and smoke would devastate the United States and affect the entire world.

A full-blown eruption at Yellowstone would be unlike anything that any of us have ever seen before.  The following YouTube video attempts to portray what would happen to areas within a few hundred miles of Yellowstone…

But of course the devastation would not just be limited to the northwest part of the country.  The following are some more facts about Yellowstone that I compiled for a previous article

#1 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone could be up to 1,000 time more powerful than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

#2 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone would spew volcanic ash 25 miles up into the air.

#3 The next eruption of Yellowstone seems to be getting closer with each passing year.  Since 2004, some areas of Yellowstone National Park have risen by as much as 10 inches.

#4 There are approximately 3,000 earthquakes in the Yellowstone area every single year.

#5 In the event of a full-scale eruption of Yellowstone, virtually the entire northwest United States will be completely destroyed.

#6 A massive eruption of Yellowstone would mean that just about everything within a 100 mile radius of Yellowstone would be immediately killed.

#7 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone could also potentially dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away.

#8 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone would cover virtually the entire midwest United States with volcanic ash.  Food production in America would be almost totally wiped out.

#9 The “volcanic winter” that a massive Yellowstone eruption would cause would radically cool the planet.  Some scientists believe that global temperatures would decline by up to 20 degrees.

#10 America would never be the same again after a massive Yellowstone eruption.  Some scientists believe that a full eruption by Yellowstone would render two-thirds of the United States completely uninhabitable.

#11 Scientists tell us that it is not a matter of “if” Yellowstone will erupt but rather “when” the next inevitable eruption will take place.

In essence, a Yellowstone eruption would be on the same level as a Carrington event.  Either one would fundamentally change life in the United States in a single day.

Personally, I certainly hope that we do not see an eruption at Yellowstone any time soon.  And actually, I am much more concerned about the possibility of an eruption at other volcanoes in the northwest such as Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier.

But if the ground keeps rising rapidly at Yellowstone and earthquakes like the one that struck on Sunday keep on happening, then it would be very foolish for us to ignore the warning signs.

And of course you shouldn’t expect the government to warn you about the potential threat of a Yellowstone eruption until the very last moment.  Generally speaking, the government is much more concerned about “keeping people calm” than it is about telling us the truth.

We seem to have moved into a time of increased seismic activity all over North and South America.  In such an environment, it would not be wise to say that an eruption at Yellowstone “can’t happen”.

The truth is that an eruption at Yellowstone could happen at any moment.  Let us just hope that we are all out of the way when it does.

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  • K

    One of many reasons, not to move to the American Redoubt. The gentleman who pushes the Redoubt, is a very smart man. And in case of an economic collapse, with nothing else happening, most likely the best place to be. But with Yellowstone, always fighting drought, the largest nuclear missile field in the U.S., and fires that sometimes burn for weeks. No thanks, I like N.E. Tn just fine.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Isn’t the redoubt outside of the shown ash zones? I don’t know the exact geographic coordinates but isn’t it the northern Idaho/Montana area?

      • K

        According to the definition of Redoubt. The common one is, All of Montana, Idaho, and eastern Washington. Some include Wyoming. But it is not just the dust cloud. All of these states are too far north. An eruption from Yellowstone, would throw as much ash into the sky, as a nuclear war. I would expect at least 2 or 3 years of nuclear winter type temperatures. Even where I live would be border line, as far as temperatures would go.

        • Hillary Frasier Hays

          I’m in northern Wisconsin, about 1000 miles away from the epicenter, so this area would receive about 10 inches of ash. Incredible. On the positive side, I guess a Yellowstone eruption would stop the NWO crooks dead in their tracks. So much for the U.S. being a world superpower anymore.

  • DJohn1

    When is Chicken Little right? “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”
    When Mount Helen erupted there were people that did not believe that they were in any danger. The result was they died.
    Yellowstone falls into that category. Only there is significant evidence that something is going to happen in that area soon.
    The most significant fact mentioned was the animals leaving. Animals have senses many times more acute than we do. When the animals all want to leave an area, it is time to believe Chicken Little.
    We have had many prophets of doom over the years and most of them have been wrong. It is the one time that they are right that we have to worry about.
    What could be done? I don’t know for sure. I am thinking that they need to know why the pressure is building up to an explosion and possibly let off the pressure somehow so the explosion never comes.
    That is what the geologists and engineers have to do.
    Someone is definitely asleep at the switch. Namely a government that is more concerned with keeping secrets than helping people to survive.

    • cherylmeril

      One thing I can assure you of is if you don’t accept and follow Jesus Christ as your Savior prior to your physical departure, you will end up in eternal hell where all of unsaved humanity is currently headed without Him.

      • PurpleStikyPunch

        It’s your hell, you burn in it!

        • Kim

          Hell is the grave.

          • GW Denier

            You will never know the grave, sister. At death your soul either goes to Christ, or to be held in hell until the judgement. Wise up before its too late.

          • Kim


          • GW Denier

            Is that a witchcraft word? Your black cat speaks volumes. “The fool says in his heart there is no God.” Psalm 41
            “In the last timesthere will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” Jude

            ALTRUISM- the wrench in the engine of evolution.

            "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man- the man Jesus Christ." "For salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven by which we must be saved." Jesus Christ

          • Kim

            Haha. That’s my little Bailey! I love her. I’m not superstitious at all. I love all cats, all colors. Wanna see a picture of my other cat Benson? He is grey striped. I love him!

          • Michel Champagne

            So you are saying that your religion has the one and only GOD, that all the other religions are fake, that all the other gods don’t exist. What proof do you have of this? You are saying that approx. 4 billion people that believe in other GODS on earth will not go to heaven. Therefore in your beliefs if you don’t go to heaven you go to hell, so that means two thirds of the people on earth will go to hell your GOD does not forgive many people. It is not to nice of you to say that of 4 billion people maybe you are the one that should wise up.

        • GW Denier

          We’re just trying to give you a chance. But God gave you the choice to reject Him, that’s how much he loves you.

      • Sherry Jackson

        While what you say is the truth cherylmeril, it must be voiced in LOVE and MERCY. I stopped telling people they were going to hell 30 years ago, when I was a new follower of Christ. WHY? It is something that most people know anyways. So, all you are doing is making them angry and turning them against God, making God out to be this big MEANIE.

        I would just say, “God loved mankind so much, that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to take on all the sins of man, so that mankind can be sin-free and find salvation thru Jesus Christ.” Quote John 3:16 and leave Hell out of it UNLESS THEY ASK. I never judge another human being and telling them they are going to hell IS JUDGING THEM and that is only for God to do. We are ONLY to plant the seeds of Jesus’ love and salvation, and then let the Holy Spirit do the rest. THAT IS ALL WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. I hope you think about that. I said all that in love to you, as a Sister in Christ Jesus.

        • GW Denier

          You are completely wrong, dear. Hell is to be feared and warned about. Jesus Himself spoke more of hell than heaven, because it was to be feared above all. You have abdicated your responsibility as a Christian to tell people the truth.

        • krinks

          Jesus didn’t stop warning people about Hell. He spoke more on sin, judgment, and Hell than Heaven and salvation. So should we. If people don’t want to hear about these things that Jesus spoke of often they are false converts, good for nothing other filling the pews at a Joel Olsteen or Rick Warren “church”.

      • DJohn1

        Just for the record, I accepted Jesus into my life over 20 years ago.
        Someday, if I am lucky, Jesus will allow me to sit at his feet, while he instructs us.
        I do not pretend to understand everything.
        There are many things in this world that I do not understand. But I am willing to open my eyes, listen with my ears, and learn.

        • GW Denier

          Congrats, brother. Welcome. Just FYI, there is no such thing as luck if you’re a Christian. Your entire life is in the hands of God, and nothing that happens is coincidence or chance. He guides everything for the good of those who love Him.

      • Hiroshi Yamamoto

        Hell doesn’t exist. it’s a scaremongering story introduced by Catholic Church in Medieval times. To scare people. Follow us or burn in hell forever! Most of religious nuts just follow this legend. You want to see Hell? Wait for Yellowstone caldera eruption. Or visit Syria.

  • Robert Pollard

    Yep, the government wants us calm cause “People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it” — K, Men in Black. Although that’s “just a movie” I believe this is how we’re viewed by the government. Just look at some of the quotes from the Globalists about people and how they divert our attention using various tactics to keep us from discovering what they’re really up to. The majority that has their head in the sand by listening to the mainstream media doesn’t have a clue. And, if they get a clue they revert back to the mass psychology behavior all too familiar by the globalists called “normalcy bias.” They know all they have to do is convince the majority and us minorities just sound like stark raving mad conspiracy freaks. Which proves, they are much smarter than we give them credit and much smarter than the majority.

  • animalaura


  • SDLakeshore

    So what if it blows? There isn’t a bloody thing anyone could do about it anyway. Just place head between knees and kiss butt goodbye. Don’t run; you will just die all tired out.

    • Sherry Jackson

      All this reminds me of the movie, “2012”. But, I am a follower of Christ Jesus and the next life will be bliss for me. What most people do not understand is that THE EARTH IS SATAN’S DOMAIN. However, when anything bad happens on earth or with Mother Nature, who gets blamed? GOD, and that is simply wrong. Only during the 7-year tribulation will God pour out his wrath. So, whatever bad is happening here and now, is not of God. BLAME THAT ON SATAN. Remember, God threw Satan down to earth when he rebelled against the Almighty and gave him earth to reign over. GET IT YET???

      • GW Denier

        Well, Sherry, why do you talk about satan and are avoiding the topic of hell? Satan is going to hell along with unbelievers.

      • Alex. L.

        NO I DON’T GET IT YET!!! there is nothing after death… there is no Satan nor God… just a beautifull STORY written in a BOOK by MEN many many years ago….I find it so funny when people try to tell me im wrong with the billions years old earth theory and all they can tell me is ” you were NOT there to tell that!” or ” you didn’t see all those ground layers accumulate! how can you say that!! ”

        And I answer ” were you there when MEN wrote that story??” ”So you saw the great flood isn’t?? no!? but how can you be so sure?!?”
        ok now that I said that, could you tell me why you bring Satan in this yellowstone article? Was it Satan that made erupt yellowstone 640.000 years ago?? Yeah right… there was surely mean animals here that needed to DIE!!

        • Johnny Indica

          “Was it Satan that made erupt yellowstone 640.000 years ago?? Yeah right..”

          Amazing! you won’t receive an answer on that one! xD

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      • Natalie

        That is the most hilarious thing I’ve read on the internet in a long white, and to think there are a lot of people in the world who think that same is actually scarier than the volcanic eruption itself.

  • Kim

    Water was a major contributing factor in the eruption of mt St. Helens. Water came into contact with super heated volcanic material and built up highly pressurized steam over time and it finally blew.

    The same thing could happen at Yellowstone.

  • Seen2013

    The youtube video only uses the eruption hypothesis of a one major eruption. Which means the eruption epicenter is one location unleashing its fury all at once.

    Another possible hypothesis is like a chain reaction. Basically, it starts with the resurgent domes believed to still hold magma/lava from the last eruption causing the ground pressure to focus on the rim of the magma chamber that sets off eruptions along the rim of the magma chamber. The end result is the main columb of the magma chamber fueled by the mantle hotspot erupts, and it is believed to be followed by Rhyolitic lava flaws. The last Basaltic flow, which is the most fluid like lava flow was about 40,000 or so years ago. I think Rhyolitic was around 70,000 years ago or so.

    The only volcanoes bigger than Yellowstone were Lake Toba, Deccan Traps, and Siberian Traps. There is also Long Valley, Valley Grande, and Lake Taupa to consider as well. Yellowstone is the only such volcano to be the most monitored and studied. Lake Taupa is the smallest and most recent of these eruptions about 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. I forget the exact number off hand.

    • nekksys

      By your description, I take it you mean the central dome won’t just “blow off;” rather it will collapse into the magma chamber and then, due to the temperature differential and steam generated from contained groundwater, be shot out like a cannon ball. Am I correct?

      • Seen2013

        I could be misunderstanding you due to central dome and especially cannon ball. No, it won’t be like a cannon ball.

        The second primary eruption hypothesis is one eruption sets off a chain reaction in rapid succession.
        The resurgent domes are roughly in the center of the caldera on the surface, and they’re believed to still possess magma from the last eruption that was initially buried in the caldera’s formation. The chain starts at the resurgent domes, and the resulting inevitable release of the pressure destabilizes the rim of the magma chamber.
        The second chain is a series of eruptions along the rim like a detonation of charges around the perimeter of the magma chamber.
        With the center above the magma chamber and mantle hotspot completely destabilized, the final eruption unleashes its full fury.
        According to the hyposthesis, it is a series of relatively close and rapid eruptions before the big one goes at the end. Think of it like a fireworks show, as the eruptions reach cresendo.

        I hope that helps. Yellowstone eruption theories search should also help, and it was discussed on ‘When Yellowstone erupts’ or ‘MegaDisasters’ but forget which off hand.

        • nekksys

          From that explanation, I see we do agree. I didn’t put it quite the same way.

          From what I’ve read on the ‘Net, geological surveys I’ve read and the animations covering the expected eruption I’ve viewed, all seem to point to the eruptions cascading around the rim (as you’ve said) leading to the central portion of the caldera (the central dome, as I put it) being the last to erupt (“shot out like a cannon ball”). Essentially, that’s what you’d have once all support for the center of the caldera was gone: a cubic miles sized cannon ball of trees, dirt, mud, boiling water, a few deer, some buffalo, one seriously bewildered moose and a slathering of magma.

          • Seen2013

            Yeah, I misunderstood. Thank you for clarifying.

            Hopefully, it’s the one big eruption instead of a chain reaction.

  • GW Denier

    Sodom got its fire from above, Obodom will get it from the bottom.

  • GW Denier

    Now is this the crisis of the week, or of the day? I get it mixed up with global warming, global cooling, the reelection of Obozo, methane gas, LGBT issues, Putin, Iran, North Korea and Lady Gaga’s hair style.

    When God says its your time to go, it’ll happen then and not again. Fear mongering is of satan.

  • Bill

    This is one of those things which falls into the category of “don’t dwell on it”. It could happen, and if it does, there is absolutely nothing anyone can do about it. There is nowhere for anyone to run to from something like this. This goes along with hundreds of other potentially deadly scenarios we have all heard about. So we need to live our lives and be more concerned about things we can do something about.

    • Bill

      Can there be two of us?

      • Bill

        Anything is possible in the twilight zone. Hi me.

  • Jasonn

    That’s a bogus video as in not taken recently. I live about 30 miles from Yellowstone at a lower elevation and still have over 2′ of snow on the ground. The only road that is even open to vehicles inside the park right now is in the far northern section and they plow it to keep it open all year. So why are you trying to pull the wool over the folks’ eyes with your phony reports?

  • Napoleon Kasonta

    Buffalo roam, walk, meander about, move from place to place. Often they do it on the run. Also, animals are like people;they take the path of least resistance, and a road with no snow or ice is that path. Finally, bison are like deer in that they prefer to be down on the clear road when the sun is out because it’s warmer, and they also get a clear line of sight. Don’t forget that these buffs are used to vehicles. Thus, they don’t bolt away from the vehicle doing the filming.


    I thought it was interesting that the Bison stayed on their side of the yellow line in the middle of the road. Just sayin….

    • D Kramer

      me too

      • IIIlllIIIiIIIlllIII

        Yeah, it cracked me up when I saw them staying on their side of the yellow line.

  • John P Center

    some time in the next 100,000 years give or take a year. your scaring the sheeple for nothing, because even if i were to happen next week there is nothing you can do to stop it NOTHING

    • nekksys

      There’s nothing anyone can do to stop a supervolcanic eruption… Ground upheavals of 10in in just a few years indicates an eruption is imminent; within the next decade or sooner. Do a little scholarly work and study up on geology. Then get back to me on when you think Y’Stone is going to blow up .

  • GW Denier

    Give me a break, dude. If you’re Christian, you should be addressing this limp wristed approach to Christianity where anything negative is avoided. I don’t need your website. I have a Bible. It says,
    “He who has the Son has life, HE who does not have the Son of God, does not have life.” I hve the Son, do I need to count words?

  • GW Denier

    That’s just crazy. Bet you sleep well, don’t you? That wine bottle says it all.

  • highpriestess

    the use of weather modification, like haarp and chemtrails to produce the polar vortex is wreaking havoc with the earth’s molten core which was getting ready for an axis flip by moving the molten core, however the use of the vortex over the northern tier states has produced the unwanted action of yellowstone which must bring that molten lava to the top in order to affect a balance against the polar vortex which has been created by man…scientists do not know or understand a single thing in nature, and with the advent of weather modification as an implement of war, the earth is naturally reacting….poof…

  • Kaybee

    I can’t get this out of my mind and I’m not on drugs nor do I drink, but approx. 8 hrs before the Yellowstone Earthquake, I was sitting on my bed playing on my laptop, when I suddenly heard the pipes under my house rattle a little. Then for just a split second or two, I felt a tremor and then my closet doors creaked. My closet doors have never creaked. We have lots of tremors in our area and can always tell when there has been one because not only do we feel/sense one, but the pictures on the wall have to be straightened up again. I might also add that I live 525 miles South of Yellowstone. I thought this article was interesting and was hoping someone might share a thought or two with me about what I felt.

  • HappyJohn9

    Is there a reason to be alert? Of course. Some natural disaster could happen at any time. Foretelling disasters is like playing the same lottery numbers. Eventually, if you wait long enough, the prediction will be correct.

  • Phakt

    At least the Bison know what side of the road to stay on..

  • jackie garver

    Can someone explain to me why they say above the ash could be “10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away” above and the USGS says it would be “300 millimeters”? Here is the quote–If a future supereruption resembles its predecessors, then flowing lava
    won’t be much of a threat. The older Yellowstone lava flows never
    traveled much farther than the park boundaries, according to the USGS.
    For volcanologists, the biggest worry is wind-flung ash. Imagine a
    circle about 500 miles (800 kilometers) across surrounding Yellowstone;
    studies suggest the region inside this circle might see more than 4
    inches (10 centimeters) of ash on the ground, scientists reported Aug.
    27, 2014, in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.