Scientists from the University of Bristol have found that there could be a super eruption in store for the earth.

A study of a database of geological records dating back 100,000 years found that the average time between two such cataclysmic events is only slightly more than the age of human civilisation--12,000 years.

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It was previously believed that such eruptions were between 45,000 and 714,000 years apart.

Now scientists have had to revise that range to 5,200-48,000 years.

This means that such an eruption could occur in our lifetime.

Should this happen, humanity could be reduced to a pre-civilization state.

A super eruption would produce enough volcanic ash to cover an entire continent for decades. There would also be drastic changes in weather patterns.

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