Scientists, utilizing the latest seismic technology, have determined that the magma chamber beneath the Yellowstone National Park caldera is actually 2.5 times larger than previously thought. They are quick to point out, however, that this discovery does not necessarily increase the chances for an eruption of the VEI 8 volcano, though they remain very concerned about earthquake activity in the volatile region.
Due to media saturation the potential of a Yellowstone eruption has been fodder for much discussion, since if it were to transpire it would certainly be an apocalyptic episode on a global scale. While geologists remain dubious of such an event occurring anytime soon, their fears of a major earthquake-based catastrophe have been elevated by this new data.
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