Yellowstone Supervolcano Restless Earth Case Study

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How big is Yellowstone supervolcano?
Around 60km west to east, 80km north to south and 40km wide
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What would be the effect of pyroclastic flow from an eruption?
It would kill over 90,000 people within 100 miles.
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15cm of ash would cover land up to how far away? What would the effects of this be?
15cm of ash would cover land and buildings up to 1000km away. This would lead to flights being suspended, farming being affected and 1 in 3 people affected would die.
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How far would the ash cloud rise into the atmosphere?
50km
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How long would it take for the ash to reach Europe and the UK?
5 days
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What affect could the ash have on global climate?
Temperatures could fall between 12 and 15 degrees.
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Crop failure due to ash and decreased temperatures could have what effect?
40% of the worlds population could face starvation.
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What signs are there that Yellowstone may erupt?
1) Eruptions occur every 600,000 to 700,000 years meaning an eruption is overdue. 2) Ground deformation and land movement suggests magma may be rising.
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