Volcano Mystery: Researchers Were Baffled by ‘Supervolcano’ Discovery in Alaska

Alaska has been in the headlines in recent days after its Great Sitkin volcano erupted last week. Last Thursday, the US Geological Survey said a red warning had been raised – indicating that significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere is likely. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said a “short-duration” explosive eruption of one-two minutes occurred at 5:04 GMT on Thursday, resulting in an ash cloud up to 15,000 feet above sea level. . .

Researchers have been compelled by volcanic activity in the region and were stunned when they found what could be a supervolcano in Alaska’s Aleutian islands.

The cluster of volcanic islands could be a single giant volcano similar to that of the Yellowstone Caldera, an American Geophysical Union study said in December last year.

John Power, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey’s Alaska Volcano Observatory, said the super-volcano would be so big, it could have disrupted civilisations around the world.

Diana Roman of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, co-author of the study, added: “We’ve been scraping under the couch cushions for data. (Read more from “Volcano Mystery: Researchers Were Baffled by ‘Supervolcano’ Discovery in Alaska” HERE)

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