Yellowstone supervolcano could erupt much sooner than previously thought

GETTYYellowstone volcano WARNING Catastrophic eruption would destroy ALL life on Earth

Don't believe the hype: Despite the headlines suggesting an impending eruption of the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park, you're still not very likely to be incinerated by molten lava any time soon.

USA Today's Matthew Diebel notes that Arizona State University researchers have "analyzed minerals in fossilized ash from the most recent mega-eruption and found changes in temperature and composition that had only taken a few decades".

A 2013 study, for instance, showed that the magma reservoir that feeds the supervolcano is about two and a half times larger than previous estimates.

The last super eruption in the Yellowstone National Park was occurred around 631000 years age.

Yellowstone's last super-eruption happened 631,000 years ago, but until now scientists believed that the "build up" to such eruptions took thousands of years. It would shoot 2,500 times more material than Mount St. Helen did in 1980 and could cover most of the continguous U.S.in ash, possibly putting the planet into a volcanic winter.

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If the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone erupts again, we may have far less advance warning time than we thought.

According to The Times, Shamloo later analyzed crystals from the team's dig that recorded changes in temperature, pressure and water content beneath the volcano - much like a set of tree rings. The second blast struck 1.3 million years ago and the last eruption happened 640,000 years ago.

Such an event could cover most of the United States in ash and possibly plunge the Earth into a volcanic winter, they said, the New York Times reported.

"It's shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption", she told the NY Times, noting more research is necessary before a definitive conclusion can be reached.

The swelling reservoir responsible for the uplift was too deep to create fears of imminent doom, Smith said.

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