Scientists have announced that a “supervolcano” is forming deep below the Earth’s crust just north of New Zealand.
The volcano is so big it will have the power to destroy the world, but scientists are urging people not to worry – they predict this event will happen in 100 million years time.
University of Utah seismologist (a person who studies at volcanoes and earthquakes) Michael Thorne has been studying the area and believes that the ingredients are there for a “cataclysmic” eruption.
The study has found that deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, near Samoa, two or more continent-sized piles of rock were colliding as they moved at the bottom of Earth’s thick mantle and atop the thicker core.
Thorne said that volcanoes of this size were responsible for killing off animals and species thousands of years ago.
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