In Neon Genesis Evangelion, The Second Impact was a cataclysmic event that led to the death of half of humanity. A massive explosion occurred in Antarctica that changed Earth and it’s ability to sustain life.
The cult classic series has had fans joking whenever news of volcanic explosions erupts. But now, an arctic explosion that could set the planet in crisis might be real. NASA scientists have discovered a supervolcano beneath Antarctica.
Its existence was first theorized in 1987 and advanced numerical models were used to confirm the theory. The massive plume is currently melting West Antarctica and is partly responsible for the region’s instability.
Even crazier is that the heat being generated is almost as hot as Yellowstone, which is an underground supervolcano in western America.
Scientists believe it was formed 50 to 110 million years ago – long before the region was frozen in ice. They are currently studying the “local impact” on the ice sheet and will announce if an Evangelion-type cataclysm is possible.