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Destruction of USA put on hold

06/01/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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BBC 'Supervolcano' TV series put on hold after Asian disaster.

The BBC's Supervolcano TV programme was due to erupt on BBC 1 this year, but has now very sensibly been put on hold after the real life events of the terrible Asian disaster.

The Beeb descibed Supervolcano as a true story - it just hasn't happened yet. Set in the near future, this factually based drama was due to chart the possible consequences of another of nature's cataclysmic events.

Using research from several scientific bodies, studies of previous supervolcanic eruptions and predictions drawn from various scientific disciplines, Supervolcano was to detail what could happen if America's Yellowstone volcano were to erupt again.

Although there are several supervolcanoes around the world, only the one beneath Yellowstone National Park in the USA is currently active. Unlike ordinary volcanoes, supervolcanoes are not obvious from the surface. Volcanologists believe it is only a matter of time before the molten magna contained within its chamber will burst out.

When supervolcanoes erupt they do so with a force thousands of times greater than eruptions such as that at Mount Vesuvius.

Supervolcano was to be accompanied by a two part documentary running on BBC 2. 'The Science Behind Supervolcano' was down to explore the scientific research that informed the drama and was to feature experts who monitor the behaviour of supervolcanos around the world.

The BBC were unable to comment at the time of going to press on when or indeed even if the series will ever be re-scheduled back into the listings.

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