Yellowstone National Park is a true national treasure of the United States and indeed is one of the world’s most unique and majestic natural settings. The park is home to pristine wilderness and wildlife and to numerous dramatic geothermal features like geysers and hot springs. The park is visited by more than three million per year and is one of the most popular national parks in the world.
The unique topography and geothermal activity are the result of a massive supervolcano which the park sits above. It has been more than two million years since the volcano had a “mega eruption” amd 70,000 since it had even a minor eruption event. Still, if it were to erupt, it has the potential to cause devastation to the United States, North America, the Western Hemisphere and even the entire world. Those outside of North America would likely be spared the most direct effects, although there could be noticeable climate effects. However, the sheer volume of North American farmland that would be devastated would result in a global food crisis.
There a reasonable possibility that Yellowstone will erupt some time in the next hundred thousand years, but the probability of it erupting in any of our lifetimes is miniscule.
Still, many are becoming extremely concerned after a number of videos showed up online reporting to show bison or other animals fleeing the Yellowstone area. It must mean the whole thing is about to blow… right? According to some it does. Because these original videos were followed by many conspiracy-oriented videos claiming that the government is keeping down the information about the impending eruption.