Yellowstone Supervolcano threat looms over humankind, NASA vouches to protect us

NASA is planning to acts as a saviour and save mankind from the alarming threat from the volcano, that resides in one of the most beautiful places the world, Yellowstone National Park.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Aug 21, 2017, 20:56 PM IST
Yellowstone Supervolcano threat looms over humankind, NASA vouches to protect us

New Delhi: An ancient active Yellowstone volcano's threat looms over our heads and NASA has decided to come to our rescue.

NASA is planning to acts as a saviour and save mankind from the alarming threat from the volcano, that resides in one of the most beautiful places the world, Yellowstone National Park.

As reported by News Nation, this supervolcano that erupts every 600,000 years holds features like 10,000 hot springs, mud pots, terraces and geysers, including the cone geyser named Old Faithful.

And the last time it completed its eruption was 600,000 years ago.

As per NASA, the aim is to cool down this supervolcano by pumping water into it at high pressure by drilling a 10 kilometer hole.

According to Brian Wilcox of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology, the supervolcano poses a substantially greater than the asteroid or comet.

“Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power”, Wilcox said.

“You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity, which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption, which would devastate humanity”, he added.