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A scene from Supervolcano

The beauty of America's Yellowstone National Park masks one of the rarest and most destructive forces on Earth - a supervolcano.

A two-part BBC factual drama asked: 'What if Yellowstone erupted?'

Elsewhere in Supervolcano

Read about the programmes, including the behind-the-scenes documentary 'Supervolcano: The Truth About Yellowstone'.


The world's biggest bang
Mass starvation could follow a super-eruption, if the Asian Monsoon rains fail as experts predict.

Photo gallery

Photo gallery
See dramatic scenes from the programmes and download desktop wallpaper for your computer.


How would you respond to a disaster?
Play an interactive game where it's your job to handle an eruption of the fictional Mount Spur in Bluebear County.

Natural disasters

The science of natural disasters
It's estimated that one in ten of the world's population live within volcanic danger zones.

 TV programmes

Shown March 2005 on BBC One

Supervolcano: The Truth about Yellowstone
Shown March 2005 on BBC Two

 Elsewhere on

Horizon: Supervolcanoes
Read a transcript of the programme that inspired Supervolcano.

Natural disasters
Ten per cent of the world's population may live within volcanic danger zones.

Radio 4: Supervolcano
Listen as Peter Evans meets scientists studying the Yellowstone supervolcano.

 Elsewhere on the web

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory
The US Geological Survey has detailed information about the supervolcano.

The Geological Society
An in-depth study of the effects of super-eruptions.

Discovery: Supervolcano describes what is under Yellowstone.

Volcano Live
Volcano news and information from expert John Seach.

Volcano World
A University of North Dakota site with information about volcanoes around the world.

How Volcanoes Work
A NASA sponsored site about volcano science.

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