The researchers also added that such a catastrophic event is more likely than you’d think, with a one in six chance of a massive magnitude seven volcanic eruptions this century, which could significantly disrupt the world’s supply chains, climate and food supply. The University of Cambridge team noted that such a large eruption would have a similar impact to that of a 1km-wide asteroid hitting the Earth, albeit volcanic eruptions are far more likely to take place.
Yet despite this statistical difference, governments spend hundreds of millions preparing for an asteroid collision, but little to prepare for a volcanic eruption.
In the study published in the journal Nature, the researchers noted that steps like better surveillance, better public education and magma manipulation could be…
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