The rather recent eruption of an Icelandic volcano a few years ago practically raised awareness about the dreadful impact of these silent killers. Ever since ancient times, volcano eruptions have meant cataclysmic changes of the world and the death of several civilizations. Given the level of devastation caused by eruptions such as that of volcanoes Santorini, Vesuvius or Krakatoa, scientists cannot help but wonder what would happen if one of the latent super volcanoes were to occur. At this point, there are several dormant killers on this planet whose eruptions will not only claim the lives of millions, but that have the potential to destroy the world as we know it. Let’s elaborate.
1. Yellowstone (U.S.)
Yellowstone Caldera is an underground super volcano with the tremendous power to unleash the next Ice Age on the planet, in the best case scenario. In the worst case scenario, geologists suggest that Yellowstone’s eruption will cause all the other active volcanoes on Earth to explode as well and bring about the end of the world.
2. Mount Vesuvius (Italy)
While Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, many believe it’s more than enough. The power of Mount Vesuvius will always remain vivid in mankind’s minds, thanks to the cataclysm at Pompei. While this silent killer seems to have awakened in the past century, luckily the seismic activity and eruptions have been moderate.
3. Popocatepetl (Mexico)
The story of Popocatepetl can be traced back to the Aztec civilization and an intricate love story of a king who did not want his daughter to marry another man. In an attempt to run away with the princess, Popo and his mistress are caught in an earthquake, where she dies and he laid down next to her and awaited his death. Leaving the romantic facet of this volcano aside, at this point authorities report Popocatepetl has been very active and it represents the biggest threat to the citizens of the Mexican capital.
4. Sukurajima (Japan)
Often referred to as the Vesuvius of the East, Sukurijima’s power is hard to estimate considering its last eruption practically connected the island Kyushu to the mainland. In addition, it is important to note that volcanic ash coming from Sukurijima is the main responsible factor for the “design” of landscape in the region. While the landscape may be breath taking, the truth is that there plenty of reason for people in the area to be afraid, since the volcano has been very active in the last 60 years. Despite the fact that there are special shelters constructed in its proximity, it is hard to predict the effects of a larger explosion.
5. Galeras (Colombia)
In spite of the fact that Galeras was considered an inactive volcano for at least one million years, it became chillingly active again in the 1990s. Even though the explosion did not claim many lives, the truth is that it erupted without prior warnings and that is rather worrisome. At this point, some geologists claim a huge explosion is sure to occur very soon, considering that the volcano has erupted for ten years in a row, each time more violently.