Scientists suspect that there may be an active volcano beneath part of New England. If proven true, this could be extremely dangerous if it were to erupt.
The Dangers Brought On by an Active Volcano
This possible volcano was discovered by researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey. They detected it while using the National Science Foundation’s EarthScope program to study the structure and development of the North American continent.
The scientists were in the process of researching seismic vibrations for more information about earthquakes. While doing this, they discovered what was described as a “mass of warm rock” and “an area of great warmth” that can be detected under the states of Vermont and New Hampshire. The researchers say that this area is hundreds of degrees hotter than its vicinities.
More to the point, the team noted that it seems to be rising over time. This might indicate that the area will eventually give way to a massive eruption.
Still, people currently living in the area have nothing to worry about. Even if this theory is correct, there probably will not be any trouble for several million years.
That being said, the scientists did point out that it would be extremely bad if it were to happen today. Such an event would potentially cause an inestimable number of casualties.
“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,” said Vadim Levin.
He is the lead author of the study and a geophysicist professor at the university’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Levin added that it would not be as bad as an eruption of the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park. However, he did note that the two were similar phenomena.
The study team states that the most active areas of the hotspot are in western New Hampshire and central Vermont. They say that it may also extend into parts of western Massachusetts.
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