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Months before the U.S. Geological Survey released a study on Yellowstone’s supervolcano, fears of another eruption had already gone viral. George Black writes:

“Doomsday predictions like this have been around for millennia. But their purveyors have never had social media before, and this time their prediction—at least of something significant, if not of a supervolcano eruption—almost came true. At dawn on March 30th, Yellowstone had a 4.8-magnitude earthquake, its biggest in thirty-four years.”

Photograph by Max Waugh/Solent News/AP

newyorker:

Months before the U.S. Geological Survey released a study on Yellowstone’s supervolcano, fears of another eruption had already gone viralGeorge Black writes:

“Doomsday predictions like this have been around for millennia. But their purveyors have never had social media before, and this time their prediction—at least of something significant, if not of a supervolcano eruption—almost came true. At dawn on March 30th, Yellowstone had a 4.8-magnitude earthquake, its biggest in thirty-four years.”

Photograph by Max Waugh/Solent News/AP

(Source: newyorker.com)

fastcodesign:

Remarkable Images Of Volcanic Lightning, A Scientific Mystery

Martin Rietze, a German photographer who works under the title “Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth,” has traveled to dozens of them. Rietze’s photo of the Sakurajima volcano was featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier in the week, after Rietze traveled to southern Japan to photograph it in January. The volcano was part of the Osumi Peninsula until 1914, when it blew its lid and separated to form its own little island. Today, it’s one of the most active volcanos in Asia. “It leaves a very deep impression,” Rietze tells Co.Design. “Sitting near a boiling lava lake, feeling the heat and static charge of an ongoing eruption column 1000m high, smelling all kinds of toxic gasses, watching burning sulfur, hearing eruption sounds as loud as a starting airplane nearby …”

Read the full story here.

(Source: fastcodesign)