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Supervolcanoes are volcanoes that spread over miles in diameter. For instance, the Yellowstone supervolcano, located in Canada, represents a large part of the province of Alberta.
North Korean Supervolcano Ready to Explode
Supervolcanoes like this one pass unnoticed because it is at ground level. If it were to go off, North America, or more like the entire North Hemisphere would be affected. Now the said North Korean supervolcano, Mount Paektu, rises to 9000 ft high and its caldera is a lake of about 8 miles across. The magma chamber underneath thus has gigantic dimensions, and its vertical conduit is even more problematic.
The danger comes from two simultaneous causes. The first one comes from the fact that Korean military has a nuclear test ground in the vicinity. The second is that scientists have studied Mt Paektu’s behavior and activity, leading to the conclusion that it is theoretically ready to unleash its pressure.
Supervolcanoes have long been thought to be triggered by meteorite impacts, rippling Earth’s crust and building up its magma chamber’s pressure to the breaking point, but new worrying studies indicate that it is not the case. A behemoth volcano like the ones cited here can explode without prior stimulation in a matter of days. If nuclear detonations in the test ground territory were to shake the ground enough to tickle the supervolcano, it might be enough to trigger the upholding eruption. The cataclysmic magma and sulfur eruptions that would result would then endanger life itself on the entire planet.
The danger of such eruption is taken seriously by the scientific community around the world. Even if Korea is not friendly with outsiders investigating its borders, an international committee has been allowed to take a look at the supervolcano’s situation. Dr. James Hammond, from the University of London, says that its last eruption, about a millennium ago, was far more intense than previously thought – and it was already of titanic proportions- ant the next will me even more violent. This was the most destructive volcanic explosion in History. Ashes in the Japanese archipelago were identified as coming from Mt Paektu, 1 100 KM away!
In this researchers team was also Stephen Grant, a seismologist at the University of Austin, Texas. When talking about his estimation about the possibility of a volcanic eruption, he declared: « The risk of a destructive eruption is very real.»
What could result in an eruption even more potent than that one? Earth temperature would be lowered because of the ashes clouds sticking in the sky for years, maybe more like decades, the ecosystem would be impaired of such sudden changes, and life itself would undoubtedly take its toll.
In the year 946 documentation about « drums from the heavens » were heard in the city of Kaesong, about 450 km away from Mt Paektu. Geological surveys indicate that it is possible that these « heavenly drum beats » do correlate with Mt Paektu’s eruption.
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