For years, I have been fascinated by the potential super volcano that will eventually erupt from Yellowstone Park. Underneath the park is a vast magma chamber that serves as the source of the parks volcanic activity such as the geysers and hot springs. However, if the magma chamber ruptures, it would cause the greatest volcanic eruption in human history. For thousands of years, that magma chamber has been stockpiling on magma, gases, and pressure. With all that destructive power accumulating, the resulting eruption would be beyond imagining.

Since high school, I have watched documentaries that talked about the consequences that could emerge from Yellowstone’s eruption. Based on the data, an eruption from this single super volcano has the power to cause a mass extinction level event that would rival or even surpass the extinction of the dinosaurs. North America would be blown into splinters, the planet would undergo a volcanic winter that blocks out the sun for years, and the very air you breathe would be filled with microscopic sharp rocks that would not only slice up your lungs but also combine with the moisture in your lungs to form a cement-like mixture that would suffocate you. The volcanic winter would prevent plants from growing for years due to the absence of sunlight, which means ecosystems would die out and humans would starve from lack of crops. Unlike normal volcanic eruptions, the molten rock and debris would be launched much higher than normal. What comes up must come down, which means that debris would be dispersed across a wider range beyond North America. The fumes that escape during the eruption would also trigger massive climate change that would start a brief ice age before superheating the planet in rapid fashion. According to experts, when the eruption and its aftermath are over, 99.99% of the human population would die out.

Overall, the inevitable Yellowstone super volcano eruption is frightening to think about. Fortunately, it might not happen in our lifetime, but we don’t know for sure. I am thinking of toying with this concept in a future work.


  1. Also one of my fascinations. But it does not even take a supervolcano eruption to mark the course of human history. The explosion of Krakatau in 1883 had impacts upon weather, crops, and famine for close to a decade. I explored this topic in my own Apocalypse series. I look forward to reading your take on it.

  2. Reblogged this on alkaplan and commented:
    Grady P Brown wrote this very timely post about Yellowstone’s super volcano. I say timely, because the Cataclysm in my novel Star Touched, has this volcano blowing it’s top. The date: August 12. Good thing there is magic a foot to thwart a total extinction. If you haven’t had a chance to read Star Touched yet, check it out.

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