Did you catch last night's documentary, "Supervolcano: Yellowstone's Fury"? If not, you can catch up online here.
Who knew that lying underneath the serene beauty of Yellowstone National Park was the imminent seismic threat of a super volcano? Never again will the iconic geyser Old Faithful seem benign!
Many of you shared your own wary sentiments about the potential end of life as we know it:
Watching Yellowstone's Fury on @cbctv #DocZone - holy smokes! Trying not to freak out too much...incredible program.
Just a bit disturbing lol. I don't want to go to sleep now!
Oh cool. Just watching a doc about how the Yellowstone volcano is overdue and will likely be the end of the world. Thanks CBC.
You're welcome, Tamara! Not every comment was positive, however, as a few viewers felt the doc was over-the-top:
This documentary is a bit alarmist. The issue is real, but I doubt when it does happen, that most people will be prepared. I take it as a given that this will be a calamity of history, but overall, the human race will survive.
Realistically, I'm not going to worry about something that I have no control over.
I think Michael Rampino should do a reality check. An eruption like Yellowstone could trigger the end of civilization as we know it? Does that mean 6 billion people will die or we'll be eating ash for a few years? It hurts a scientist's credibility when they make sensational statements about the future for the sake of higher TV ratings.
The potential decimation of most of North America unsurprisingly brought out some survivalist theories:
Storing up 5 years worth of food or our families... Wow. It is survivable for most of us Canadians, but we would have to become a nation of super-peppers! Even the areas of Canada without ash fall won't get off Scott free; there's volcanic winter to deal with!
I do not doubt that it will happen or how devastating the effect on live will be (although food can now be grown using blue LED light and if you ask how to get power - hop on a bike equipped with a transformer).
now hoarding food!
Laurie's only kidding (we think).