Research Indicates The Possibility Of A Super Volcano In The Pacific

Michael Thorne a seismologist at the University of Utah uses seismic waves to study what goes on inside volcanoes, he, like hundreds of other scientists is looking for changes deep in the Earth that may point to when an eruption is likely. Thorne is interested in super volcanoes, such as the massive sleeping giant that lies under Yellowstone National Park. Super volcanoes are nothing like the volcanoes that we have witnessed erupting so far. A super volcano spews hundreds of times more magma than a regular volcano and their eruptions can last for hundreds of years.

There is good evidence of super volcano activity in the ancient past. The Siberian Traps show prove a massive and centuries long eruption occurred at the time of the Permian extinction event. The Deccan Traps in India located on the Deccan Plateau cover an area of 500,000 square km, they formed some 60 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period. Thorne thinks another super volcano may be rising from the superheated mantle at the center of the Earth. He has discovered two areas of magma, one of them the size of Florida, with other smaller pools around it.