(INTELLIHUB) — U.S. government and emergency management higher-ups already know that the Yellowstone supervolcano is set to erupt by 2024 and are making preparations to breach the supervolcano’s massive magma chamber which some experts fear could trigger a nuclear winter of sorts killing off mankind altogether.
Former NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense member Brian Wilcox said that NASA’s “risky” plan to drill the supervolcano’s magma chamber are dangerous and may result in a catastrophe of great proportions.
“If you drill into the top of the magma chamber and try and cool it from there, this would be very risky,” said Wilcox. “This could make the cap over the magma chamber more brittle and prone to fracture. And you might trigger the release of harmful volatile gases in the magma at the top of the chamber which would otherwise not be released.”
According to a report by Popular Mechanics: “NASA’s plan is to drill a hole into the side of the volcano and pump water through it. When the water comes back out, it’ll be heated to over 600 degrees, slowly cooling the volcano. The team hopes that given enough time, this process will take enough heat from the volcano to prevent it from ever erupting.”
Wilcox feels that Yellowstone poses a far greater threat to humanity than any asteroid.