Ask Smithsonian: What Would Happen if the Yellowstone Volcano Erupted?

Have you ever wondered why Yellowstone is full of hot springs, bubbling mudpots and geysers like Old Faithful? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze explains the supervolcano that lies beneath the national park and answers the life-or-death question: Will it erupt in a fiery inferno anytime soon? (1:27)

Learn more about the volcano beneath Yellowstone here.

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