Is the Yellowstone supervolcano really ‘due’ to erupt?

Is the Yellowstone supervolcano really ‘due’ to erupt?

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Beneath Yellowstone National Park, a vast region of spectacular nature visited by around 3 million people a year (opens in a new tab)stalks one of the largest volcanoes in the world.

The Yellowstone Caldera, the cauldron-shaped basin at the top of the volcano, is so colossal that it is often called a “supervolcano,” which, according to the Natural History Museum (opens in a new tab) in London, means it has the capacity to “produce an eruption of magnitude eight on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, discharging more than 1,000 cubic kilometers [240 cubic miles] of material.”

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