NASA Unveils Plan To Stop Yellowstone "Supervolcano" Eruption, There's Just One Catch

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A NASA plan to stop the Yellowstone supervolcano from erupting, could actually cause it to blow... triggering a nuclear winter that would wipe out humanity.

As we have detailed recently, government officials have been closely monitoring the activity in the Yellowstone caldera.

However, as's Mac Slavo details, scientists at NASA have now come up with an incredibly risky plan to save the United States from the super volcano.

A NASA scientist has spoken out about the true threat of super volcanoes and the risky methods that could be used to prevent a devastating eruption. Lying beneath the tranquil and beautiful settings of Yellowstone National Park in the US lies an enormous magma chamber, called a caldera. It’s responsible for the geysers and hot springs that define the area, but for scientists at NASA, it’s also one of the greatest natural threats to human civilization as we know it.

Brian Wilcox, a former member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense, shared a report on the natural hazard that hadn’t been seen outside of the agency until now. Following an article published by BBC about super volcanoes last month, a group of NASA researchers got in touch with the media to share a report previously unseen outside the space agency about the threat Yellowstone poses, and what they hypothesize could possibly be done about it.

“I was a member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets,” explains Brian Wilcox of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology.  


“I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.”

Yellowstone currently leaks about 60 to 70 percent of its heat into the atmosphere through stream water which seeps into the magma chamber through cracks, while the rest of the heat builds up as magma and dissolves into volatile gasses. The heat and pressure will reach the threshold, meaning an explosion is inevitable. When NASA scientists considered the fact that a super volcano’s eruption would plunge the earth into a volcanic winter, destroying most sources of food, starvation would then become a real possibility.  Food reserves would only last about 74 days, according to the UN, after an eruption of a super volcano, like that under Yellowstone.  And they have devised a risky plan that could end up blowing up in their faces.  Literally.

Wilcox hypothesized that if enough heat was removed, and the temperature of the super volcano dropped, it would never erupt. But he wants to see a 35% decrease in temperature, and how to achieve that, is incredibly risky. One possibility is to simply increase the amount of water in the supervolcano. As it turns to steam. the water would release the heat into the atmosphere, making global warming alarmists tremble.

“Building a big aqueduct uphill into a mountainous region would be both costly and difficult, and people don’t want their water spent that way,” Wilcox says. “People are desperate for water all over the world and so a major infrastructure project, where the only way the water is used is to cool down a supervolcano, would be very controversial.”

So, NASA came up with an alternative plan. They believe the most viable solution could be to drill up to 10km down into the super volcano and pump down water at high pressure. The circulating water would return at a temperature of around 350C (662F), thus slowly day by day extracting heat from the volcano. And while such a project would come at an estimated cost of around $3.46 billion, it comes with an enticing catch which could convince politicians (taxpayers) to make the investment.

“Yellowstone currently leaks around 6GW in heat,” Wilcox says. “Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh. You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity.”

Of course, drilling into a super volcano comes with its own risks, like the eruption that scientists are desperate to prevent. Triggering an eruption by drilling would be disastrous.

“The most important thing with this is to do no harm,” Wilcox says.


“If you drill into the top of the magma chamber and try and cool it from there, this would be very risky. 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.”

The cooling of Yellowstone in this manner would also take tens of thousands of years, but it is a plan that scientists at NASA are considering for every super volcano on earth.

“When people first considered the idea of defending the Earth from an asteroid impact, they reacted in a similar way to the supervolcano threat,” Wilcox says.


“People thought, ‘As puny as we are, how can humans possibly prevent an asteroid from hitting the Earth.’ Well, it turns out if you engineer something which pushes very slightly for a very long time, you can make the asteroid miss the Earth. So the problem turns out to be easier than people think. In both cases it requires the scientific community to invest brain power and you have to start early. But Yellowstone explodes roughly every 600,000 years, and it is about 600,000 years since it last exploded, which should cause us to sit up and take notice.

So what would happen?

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Silver Savior's picture

I am more worried about my mother in law erupting than this volcano.........And that's the damn truth!

mrjinx007's picture

Last time I tried to stop my erruption it didn't work.

Newspeaktogo's picture

North Korea, super volcano. We get a minimum of three stories a week predicting the end of the world. Zero Hedge, the doom porn channel.

Kelley's picture

Couldn't they simply make one of the existing geysers wider? Maybe make a few of them wider? 

Don't make a separate hole, just widen the existing ones. Then there is no chance of the thing blowing up like a volcano.

It's probably a bad idea because it would be a 100 times cheaper, and we can't have that.

RovingGrokster's picture

There are plenty of wide geezers touring Jellystone every day - couldn't we use some of those?

Team_Huli's picture

Use Al Gore as a drill bit....

bunkers's picture

Think "The Road".

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

The book was good but that is one very disturbing movie.

Erwin643's picture

Sweet! I can't wait!

Can anyone say "go long UVXY"?

nc551's picture

Why is NASA doing geology?

Jack Oliver's picture

Like 'old faithful' - NASA come up with complete BULLSHIT as regularly as 'clockwork' !!

Still can't believe they fooled the world with their moon 'mission' BULLSHIT !!

"It's easier to fool someone - than to convince them that they have been fooled " - Mark Twain

luckylogger's picture

The dumb fukers are bound and detedrmined that the end of the world is coming.

So much for global warming melting all the icecaps by 2015.

So lets see, WTF else can we do????????????????

How about drilling a hole into the biggest volcano in the world and then bitching about globabl warming.

Maybe this time they will be right?


hopefulbutwary's picture

If it's not broken don't fix it.

hoist the bs flag's picture

if it's not broken...get a bigger hammer

Heywood Jablomi's picture

the world should dump all its plastics and tires into it.

Heywood Jablomi's picture

no matter what anybody does, there will be little impact. it's like pissing in the ocean.

east of eden's picture

So, let's go for it. USA. USA. USA?

oneno's picture

NASA is ill-advised by Wicox on his plan to extract energy by circulating water through the Caldera for a Geothermal plant. They can never extract the amount of heat necessary to remove the pressure under the flimsy mantle of the Caldera and keep this going for tens of thousands of years.

Something similar was attempted on Planet Malona circa 73,000 BCE with devastating results (now the asteroid field in place of a life supporting planet in our solar system).

Question 2 in the set of questions posed to Billy Meier, in May 2017, concerned the Yellowstone Caldera:

2. Was Sfath referring to the Yellowstone caldera in the 1948 letter?

BEAM: Yes, but he never mentioned a point in time when the caldera would explode. He only said that the time was long overdue and that the caldera was working towards a very gigantic outbreak which could occur at any time or not until 100 or 1,000 years.

The correct response is to have the Yellowstone Caldera drained as suggested by an Independent Scientist!

Wilcox is being led on a string by one of the children of the 6000 or so families that rule over the Earth and have control over congressional bugets in the US as well as in other countries the world over.

east of eden's picture

Let's put it this way. Anything that the US has done since 1963 has turned into  a total disaster. What makes anyone think that this time is any different. 

Umh's picture

The Post Office is older than that, but the government is fucking that up too.

Peak Finance's picture

This is the third most retarded plan the government every came up with, after :

1) Fiat Currency

2) Coating the Arctic in ASH to combat GLOBAL COOLING in the 1970's. Yes, this was a real thing, look it up. 


White Devil's picture

You are cool. May I carry your books to class?

Rebelrebel7's picture

That is exactly what my head feels like after reading the news today!

alpha-protagonist's picture

Why can't they spend $3.46bn to move all politicians to mars where they'll be safe..?

Rebelrebel7's picture

You're a genius! Call Elon! I wish that I had thought of that! You should patent that idea!

Thinkor's picture

You mean so we'll be safe, don't you?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

I see universal super volcano coverage coming our way soon. Massive premiums and everyone pays, even if you're in Alaska or Florida.

RovingGrokster's picture

Call themselves fucking scientists????

If they could actually pump enough water to remove enough heat to tame the beast, the result would not be global warming, but slight cooling due to the extra water vapor in the atmosphere. Yes, H2O - the REAL global thermostat.

But wait, there's more - isn't it a scientific maxim that "what goes up must come down," give or take occasional items hitting escape velocity? We can't spare all that water?? Ever hear of rain, dumbfucks!!

So, in sum, a whole bunch of doom porn, stirred up with another bunch of dumb ideas, into a mess of unworkable government-funded "solutions," which will naturally make things worse. What could go wrong?? Bleeding off some heat for power without causing a nuclear scale explosion - do ya feel lucky, punks? Well, do ya? (I'd rather restart Three Mile Island)

PS Does anybody trust James Hansen THIS time? He's been so wrong so often, that all of NASA's books are cooked, so, of course, their calculations MUST be accurate this time!!

landauer's picture

The possibility also needs to be considered that there is no danger of a supervolcano eruption or, at least, no liklihood of ever doing anything about it. And this is simply the propaganda that leads the way for public acquiescence in the future exploitation of America's national parks for profit.

TheCentralScrutinizer's picture

WTF!!  This strikes me as rather insane.. 

The REAL threat that would cause a massive eruption is Yellowstone LAKE!!   If the caldera is fractured by a strong enough earthquake that drains the lake down to the magma chamber, THAT would instantly turn to steam and create the supervolcanic eruption they are all worried about..    

This is what happened with Krakatoa.. 

"The initial explosion ruptured the magma chamber and allowed sea water to contact the hot lava. The result is known as a phreatomagmatic event. The water flash-boiled, creating a cushion of superheated steam that carried the pyroclastic flows up to 25 miles (40 km) at speeds in excess of 62 mph (100 kph)."

Yellowstone lake is 19 miles long, and 15 miles wide..  And it's greatest depth is 390 feet, with an average depth of 139 feet.  That's a sh*tload of water (3.5 cubic miles ) waiting to be flashed into steam, and blowing the lid off of the magma chamber. Simple solution?  

Drain the lake and limit the size of any eruption..  Sorry about the loss of touristic value, but we're talking about the safety of millions of Americans here..   Yellowstone has erupted in more recent times and has not super-exploded..  But that lake drains into the magma chamber and we can kill this country goodbye (as well as devastating the rest of the Northern Hemisphere).

It's also one of the primary threats to another massive eruption of Toba Supervolcano in Sumatra (the one they say nearly wiped out the human race some 70,000 years ago).  It sits smack dab on the Sumatra fault zonne, and has a lake that is 100 km (69 miles) long, with a total volume of water equalling 57.5 Cubic miles!!!

Mt. Sinabung, which sits on the edge of Toba lake REGULARLY erupts.. and obviously is fed by the same magma chamber.. 

All it will take is a major seismic event to crack open that fault and drain that water in that huge magma chamber and we're talking about a global disaster.


Posa's picture

Thanks for the post. Lots of solid info.

Thinkor's picture

There was a major volcanic eruption around 535AD that is esimated to have wiped out half the human population of the earth -- perhaps eaten by the other half.

iamerican4's picture

The correct solution is, as a Nation, to fully trust God, our named Sovereign, for protection and Salvation.

God can easily keep the matter in check and shield the true and prophesied "Zion" now beset, as foretold, by (((Gog))) and Babylon. Ezekiel 38:11

White Devil's picture

Jebus was a catholic pedophile.

onmail1's picture

Wilcox must be a satan worshiper

drilling a hole into the largest volcano and pushing water into it

(aka fracking)

Hah ha ha ha


Mabbee this satan worshiper wants to harvest millions of american souls

in the aftermath of eruption

onmail1's picture

Look at the heart shaped beautiful pool

A perfect spot to deliver hydrogen bombs

and when the volcano erupts ,

it will be end of evil white America, Europe (west) & their allies

The draculas vampires who loot the entire planet

with help of freely printed Dollar & Euro

After that the remaining


TheCentralScrutinizer's picture

Didn't L. Ron Hubbard tell us that the Galactic Emperor, Xenu, used Hydrogen Bombs on Volcanos to kill off the rebels he imprisoned there?.. ;0)


White Devil's picture

NASA = overpaid pencil dicks.

Muslimania's picture

I'll never forget the NASA bureacrat that was walked out the gate by Security for jerking off under the table during a meeting. Typical NASA employee.

Cthonic's picture

The magma is supersaturated with dissolved gasses.  Cooling some area of the magma isn't going to keep the gasses in solution throughout its bulk once it gets close enough to the surface.  When the gasses leave solution, the magma/gas mixture will expand in volume, and eventually the overburden will fail.  The resultant drop in pressure will lead to the sudden and catastropic evolution of the remainder of the gasses and concommitant sharp increase in volume, removing the overburden and vaporizing the lake.

DEMIZEN's picture

whatever it takes to get a darwin grant

pynky01's picture


chilller's picture

Since when did NASA become experts of everything below ground as well as everything above ground? Maybe they should start out with something Saint Hellens size. Anyone else uncomfortable with spacemen gambling with all humanity? I guess they don't have enough meteors and asteroids to chase down.... let alone be able to stop them. NASA on ADHD.

quasi_verbatim's picture

A spectacular Nibiru flyby will uncork Yellowstone and much else besides. Transition through the Nibiru debris field should take care of any survivors.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

WTF is the turd in the punchbowl article still doing on the front page?

highwaytoserfdom's picture

Spielberg retired, Stanley Kubrick died,  Max Canard  is in 80's.... Russians 51 quibit at Harvard MIT with instruction set up for crypto breaking..


The 1960 8.4 % of GDP now 3.3% and Russia  is up to 5.5% GDP..   Sounds good to me to crank cold war spending..


Here comes the movies to cover the ++10% Al_CIA_Duh  drug funding and Graft_corruption_pay_for_play

 a soundstage was,  about one-millionth of NASA’s overall Apollo budget. Now everyone has cell phone...   The agent provocateur statue gig only doing onesie-towsie for actor set..  

Think of the ARGO 200m for 6..    Somebody drop a truth bomb or create a conspiracy...  these guys are providing really good entertainment.

Got to  empty garbage on email....    Got Gold, Silver and Food?    Bitcoin 4000 bucks..    CNN   Al_CIA_Duh Alanbenfelon losing rating to Yogi Bear  plan this story about Jellystone park?     Distilled water anyone?

pawn's picture

Yogi Bear, the iconic Hanna- Barbera character has always been associated with Yellowstone. His home of Jellystone where"s boo-boo?