A volcano responsible for the biggest eruption to rock earth in the last 70,000 years is just 2,400km away from Australia and 390km away from the New Zealand capital of Wellington. And scientists have just raised its alert level.
It was responsible for the biggest eruption on earth in the last 5,000 years – and now, New Zealand’s Taupo ‘supervolcano’ is again showing increased signs of ‘volcanic unrest’.
The Volcanic Alert Level for the volcano – located just 2,400km from Tasmania – was raised to Volcanic Alert Level 1 for the first time yesterday, making headlines across the globe.
The alert sparked fears of a potential eruption within a nation still scarred from the devastating White Island eruption in 2019, which killed 22 people and left 25 with horrific injuries.
Adding to the anxiety is the fact that when Taupo last blew in around the year AD232, it was the biggest eruption on earth in the last 5,000 years, while an even bigger supereruption 26,000 years ago was the most powerful eruption to rock the earth in the last 70,000 years.
But just how likely is a major eruption – and what would happen if such a disaster were to unfold?
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