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Scientists have numerous theories on how natural disasters will wipe out all people on Earth. The possibilities are scary and sometimes a little too extreme for some. But being prepared does not hurt, especially now that a new report by European scientists claims that a supervolcano eruption that can kill millions may occur in the next 80 years.

Experts from the European Science Foundation (ESF) say that the Earth is undergoing a 300-year period of extreme volcanic activity. Specifically, they predict that the supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming will erupt, causing a global disaster far more calamitous than asteroid crashes and global warming.

The report, entitled "Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience," analyzes the possible impacts of rare natural events that can significantly affect the world upon occurrence. Such events are said to heighten the stress of the global society to a level that may be hard to sustain.

"Recent large earthquakes have illustrated the extent of the destruction that extreme geohazards can inflict on a modern society, particularly through cascading effects and chains of failure," the authors write [pdf].

More Fatal Than Asteroids, Climate Change And Other Phenomena

Although the paper tackles different forms of geohazards, it emphasizes the impacts of a big volcanic eruption on continuously innovating populations and infrastructures.

After studying natural phenomena such as droughts, tsunamis, wildfires and avalanches, the authors found that these events occur more in the last 2,000 years. With this, nations are better prepared once these events happen again in the future.

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