Video reveals what would happen if a planet-killing asteroid that could trigger an extinction event strikes the Yellowstone supervolcano. According to the video, the overall effect of the impact will depend on the size of the asteroid.
Earth struck by a massive asteroid and the descent of the Yellowstone supervolcano are probably two upcoming events that make students anxious. The last time the Earth hit an asteroid big enough to obliterate an entire species was about 66 million years ago.
As for the Yellowstone super volcano, the last time it erupted was 630,000 years ago. According to studies in the region, this super volcano, which has a caldera that is about 45 miles long, is already too late to erupt.
Life's Biggest Issues on the YouTube Channel recently released a video showing what would happen if these two catastrophic events happened at the same time. In particular, the video explains what would happen if a massive asteroid landed on Yellowstone.
According to Rebecca Felgate, the narrator of the video, the effects of the impact will depend on the size of the asteroid. If it's as big as the one that caused the dinosaurs to disappear, which is about 50 miles in diameter, it would surely cause a huge eruption, which will have a worldwide effect.
"If it hits Yellowstone then it will probably affect the volcano, it will probably cause a lava eruption and it will be a nightmare," Felgate said.
Like the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, the 50mm asteroid will be powerful enough to drive many volcanoes around the world. The ash rats and debris from these simultaneous eruptions will cover the atmosphere and block the sun, forcing a nuclear winter all over the Earth.
However, the narrator says that it would still be better for humans if the asteroid hit Yellowstone directly instead of crashing into a different region. In this way, both the impact zone and the eruption point will be in the same place instead of in two different danger zones.
"But in fact, it would probably be better for a massive asteroid to hit a volcano and keep the danger zone down to a single zone of complete and utter chaotic chaos, instead of hitting hundreds of miles and erupting, creating two death zones," says Felgate.
"If an asteroid with dinosaur killing proportions hits Earth, it doesn't matter where it hits," he added. "But if it hit Yellowstone, we would have gone from screw to prop."