03/04/2014 10:49 BST | Updated 28/04/2014 07:59 BST

Yellowstone Supervolcano: Why Are Animals Mysteriously Fleeing National Park?

In slightly ominous news, reports have surfaced of animals fleeing one of the world's most famous national parks.

Footage appears to show bison and other animals in a mass exodus from America's Yellowstone National Park sparking speculation that a mega volcano is about to explode, The Epoch Times reports.

The reports of animals fleeing started to surface April 2nd after an earthquake hit the area. But could this spell disaster for the volcano, which last erupted 640,000 years ago?

Blogger Jay Lee posted video of a herd of bison running from the park, asking if the animals are "trying to tell us something?"

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The Yellowstone super volcano, which is still an active hotspot, has had three cataclysmic eruptions — 2 million, 1.3 million and 640,000 years ago, creating a series of ‘nesting’ calderas, say scientists.

The eruption 2 million years ago was the most catastrophic, covering half of North America with ash and wiping out prehistoric animals, reports the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

A super volcano eruption in Yellowstone would reportedly devastate the United States, killing millions and potentially destroying everything in an arch to the East, South, and South East of the park all the way through to the Midwest.

In most scenarios, and has been proven to an extent by science with recorded volcanic eruptions previously, volcanic events are usually preceded by seismic events.

Yellowstone is one of the biggest super volcanoes in the world,” said University of Oregon geologist Ilya Bindeman.

The inevitable next "big one" will wipe out the surroundings for hundreds of kilometres, covering the US and Canada in ash, he told EarthSky.

It would devastate agriculture and cause global cooling for a decade, he says. A volcanic eruption of that size “hasn’t happened in modern civilisation,” he added.

It's worth noting that many were quick to comment that the "fleeing" animals could have just been running away from hunters, while scientists have said the volcano is not likely to explode for a good million years.

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