A New Supervolcano Is Brewing under Massachusetts
VERMONT, MASSACHUSETTS – June 27, 2018
Recent USGS studies have discovered that a huge mass of molten rock is rising towards the surface in New England. Scientists have suggested that a new super volcano may be brewing underground.
The slow rising magma softens not only the rocks beneath Vermont and Massachusetts but also New Hampshire, according to a new seismic study. If magma reaches the surface, it could cause devastation in the area, scientists said. The discovery challenges what is currently known about the region, which was previously considered to be geologically stable with no active volcanoes.
Rutgers University geophysicist Professor Vadim Levin said: “The upwelling we detected is like a hot-air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England.”
The study also links the build up to the US’s most feared supervolcano, Yellowstone, suggesting an eruption could have similar effects. It is possible that the magma will pierce its way to the top, forming a new super volcano. It will happen in about 50 million years, but scientists can make mistakes in this regard.
In addition to the impressive volume of magma beneath New England, scientists also found a thermal anomaly at a depth of two hundred kilometers. The 400 km diameter section has a higher temperature than the surrounding mantle. In its form, the anomaly reminded scientists of a drop.