New ‘young volcanoes’ could wreak havoc on electrical grids and disrupt air travel in the Southwest.

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New ‘young volcanoes’ that could destroy electrical grids and disrupt air travel could erupt across the Southwest.

NEW “young volcanoes” in the southwestern United States, according to researchers, could wipe out electrical grids and air travel if they erupt.

According to reports, these eruptions could occur at any time.

Over the last 2.58 million years, around 1,800 volcanoes have erupted in the areas surrounding Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and parts of California.

Some of these volcanoes have only been active for 1,000 years.

They’re referred to as “monogenetic” or “one life.”

“A monogenetic volcano will erupt once, and that eruption may last anywhere from a few days to several decades,” said Greg Valentine, a volcanologist.

Because of their massive volcanoes that can erupt multiple times, areas like Hawaii, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest, according to Valentine, receive more attention.

Monogenetic volcanoes, on the other hand, are piqueing the scientific community’s interest.

“The fact that there are so many young volcanoes in the Southwest surprises a lot of people,” Valentine said.

While the volcanoes may not be dangerous, Valentine and his colleagues published a paper claiming that they could reveal the potential for new eruptions.

“We call volcanic fields where monogenetic volcanoes occur, and the American Southwest is dotted with them,” he said.

Valentine also stated that it is impossible to predict when or where future eruptions will occur.

Although most of the Southwest’s volcanoes are located far from major cities, their effects could be felt for miles.

Air traffic or power grids could be harmed by ash plumes.

According to Valentine’s study, the chances of a new eruption occurring within the next 100 years are about 8%.

Underground volcanoes, on the other hand, were not considered.

“When it comes to volcanic hazards in the region, we really don’t have a lot of information,” Valentine said.

“Only a small number have been thoroughly researched.”

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