Fears of planet-killing supervolcanoes premature, says ASU expert

Headlines such as Uproxx’s, “Is The Yellowstone Supervolcano Really Going To Kill Us All?” are little more than sensationalizing scientific findings, according to one expert.

Christy Till, an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, says the possibility of a volcano destroying life on earth is very small. “We don’t have strong evidence that’s ever happened in the past,” says Till, “and we don’t have reason to believe that’s going to happen anytime in the near future.”

Still, Till says one of the reasons she and her fellow scientists study super volcanoes is so we’ll be better able to predict if a super explosion is imminent.

Sponsor message:

In this segment:

Christy Till: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration

Sponsor message:

Sign up to receive the Arizona PBS Insider

Get up-to-the-minute information about your favorite programs and learn more about Arizona PBS news and events.

'Nature' schedule for June 2018

Nature "Sex, Lies and Butterflies"

“Nature” shows the world from an animal point of view each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

June specials highlight travel, health and music

Andrea Bocelli – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special

Arizona PBS tells veterans' stories for Memorial Day

National Memorial Day Concert

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, which was first commemorated as Decoration Day at Arlington National Cemetery. This year, Arizona PBS marks the occasion with the annual "National Memorial Day Concert" and other special programming.