“When a supervolcano goes off...it produces energy equivalent to an impact with
a comet or asteroid. You can try diverting an asteroid, but there is nothing at all
you can do about a supervolcano.”
—Dr. Ted Nield, Geological Society of London
Approximately 75,000 years ago, an event occurred that almost wiped out
human life. According to a stunning new theory, this singular event may also
have completely altered the genetic evolution of humankind. It was an event that
released 3,000 times the energy of Mt. St. Helens.
The new book, Supervolcano, explores this eruption of the Toba supervolcano in
Sumatra, Indonesia, its far-reaching impact, and the strong possibility of
another supervolcano eruption in our lifetime.
Supervolcanoes are considered one of the five biggest threats to humankind,
along with asteroids, nuclear war, disease, and global warming. But of those,
supervolcanoes are the only threat that cannot be prevented.
And their effects are catastrophic. So devastating was the Toba eruption and
the sheer amount of ash it released into the atmosphere, it altered the global
climate for years, creating a mini Ice Age that obliterated massive amounts of
plant, animal, and human life. A new theory claims this earth-shattering event
also caused a severe “population bottleneck” in humans, leading to the eventual
extinction of all other branches of our species with the exception of one…the
branch that survived Toba and became modern humans.
Supervolcano will explore:
• What supervolcanos are, where they are found, and why they are so deadly to
life on earth.
• Toba, the largest of the known supervolcanoes in the past 27 million years, and
how its catastrophic environmental aftermath brought humanity to the brink of
• How genetic, geological, and computer studies show that each human today is
related to a survivor of Toba.
• How we can prepare for the next supervolcano, which many earth scientists
believe could be right here in our own backyard—Yellowstone National Park.
And why they believe an eruption at Yellowstone could be as catastrophic for
humanity as Toba.
Dr. John Savino, Ph.D. is a geophysicist with a background in earthquakes and
volcanoes. He has assisted the Department of Energy (DOE) in reviewing
research conducted by earth scientists at several national laboratories and
universities. Dr. Savino has also participated in the DOE’s Public Outreach
Program, delivering presentations on earthquakes and volcanoes. He has
presented papers at numerous scientific conferences and published articles in
refereed journals, technical reports, and abstracts in conference and meeting
programs. He lives in Big Bear Lake, California.
Marie D. Jones is the author of PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum
Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal
Phenomena. She lives in San Marcos, California.
Available as an eBook through Kindle