Song of the Earth
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was the site of the Yellowstone Caldera. The caldera formed during the last of three supereruptions over the past 2.1 million years: the Huckleberry Ridge eruption 2.1 million years ago (which created the Island Park Caldera and the Huckleberry Ridge Tuff), the Mesa Falls eruption 1.3 million years ago (which created the Henry’s Fork Caldera and the Mesa Falls Tuff) and the Lava Creek eruption approximately 630,000 years ago (which created the Yellowstone Caldera and the Lava Creek Tuff).
Each of these explosions was individually one of the largest volcanic explosions ever known. When James had the Nephandi discharge the Network’s entire payload under the Yellowstone Caldera, it created an extinction-level event. He and Jerusha were instantly gilguled by the massive amount of energy, as was anyone for miles. Most people in the western United States were killed instantly, the Digital Web crashed (lobotomizing anyone inside), a tsunami was formed by the thunderclap on the opposite of the planet in the Indian Ocean (wiping out cities like Perth, Dhaka, and Chennai), and the fallout caused essentially a global nuclear winter.