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Doomsday Volcano: The Next Pompeii

  • Documentary and factual
  • Nature

Summary

Experts explore the history and science behind the supervolcano hidden seven miles beneath Yellowstone National Park. They also utilise cutting-edge CGI to map the potential global devastation that could be caused if Yellowstone erupted, detailing how this natural phenomenon could occur based on historical clues, evidence dating back to prehistoric times, and modern science employed by researchers monitoring the supervolcano's activity

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Review

“The wait could be a million years, or it could be tomorrow.” Shaun Dooley gives it his gravelly best as he narrates this doomy documentary about the planetary effects of an eruption of the supervolcano that lies under Yellowstone National Park. It’s full of footage of pyroclastic clouds, people covered in ash, and meaningless statistics: the ash that could be thrown out per second is equivalent to six Golden Gate bridges – what?
But what rescues it is seeing how new tech – from drones to satellite remote sensing – is helping scientists improve their ability to judge when an eruption is imminent. Although let’s face it – if Yellowstone does blow, we’re pretty much done for.

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Executive producerLlinos Griffin-Williams
Executive producerPaul Islwyn Thomas
Executive producerLindsey Foster Blumberg

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