A volcano located off the coast of Indonesia could cause the global economy to collapse, and experts warn it could explode.
Mount Merapi lies 1,129 miles from the Strait of Malacca, which has been described as the choke point of the world.
The waterway sees 90,000 ships traveling through the narrow channel annually carrying grain, crude oil, and every kind of commodity for market.
The more than 9,000-foot-tall volcano will spew a cloud of ash 21 miles up a road that serves 40 percent of world trade, along with covering the ground in a three-year volcanic winter.
A dramatic drop in temperature will lead to global food shortages, inflation and climate disturbances, according to a stark warning from researchers at the University of Cambridge.
These disasters will cost the world an estimated $2.51 trillion.
Mount Merapi lies hibernating on the coast of Indonesia, but scientists have revealed doomsday scenarios when the monster awakens – and they fear it will happen soon.
While currently dormant, Mount Merapi witnessed a devastating eruption in 1006 that wiped out the entire existing Hindu kingdom that once lived in Central Java.
The volcano’s last major eruption was in 2010, which sent a column of volcanic ash more than 2,000 feet above the crater and killed 353 people.
The team at the University of Cambridge has released a report detailing possible doomsday scenarios when Mount Merapi awakens from the wrath.
The ash cloud miles away from the volcano will travel to various airports across Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, halting all flight activity.
The region is one of the busiest airspaces in the world, with the air route between the two cities alone handling more than 5.5 million seats annually, according to a 2021 study published in Nature.
This would stop tourism in all countries, which could lose billions of dollars – it’s a $3.35 billion industry for Indonesia alone.
Lara Mane, a volcanologist at the University of Cambridge’s Center for the Study of Existential Risk, told the BBC that a VEI of four to six is enough to disrupt a trading channel – the highest being an eight.
But the rest of the world will also suffer from the eruption of Mount Merapi.
The University of Cambridge shared the report “Average global temperatures drop by 1°C for up to three years, causing severe climate abnormalities that lead to massive food shortages globally.”
Unpredictable rainfall patterns and unusually low summer temperatures cause massive crop failures around the world, sending food prices soaring and global inflation soaring in the summer months of year two.
The volcano is located near the Strait of Malacca, which sees 90,000 ships travel through the narrow channel every year carrying grain, crude oil and every kind of commodity for the market.
Mount Merapi will spew a cloud of ash 21 miles over a route that serves 40 percent of world trade, along with covering the ground in a volcanic winter for three years.
“Technological progress did not keep pace with the crisis until the beginning of the third year after the eruption of the volcano and helps to restore the balance between global food supply and demand.”
This region is volcanically very active, with several volcanic centers along the Indonesian archipelago, such as Mount Sinabung (VEI 4) and Mount Toba in Sumatra, and Mount Merapi (VEI 4) in Central Java.
Mount Semeru, also known as Mahaneru, has erupted several times over the past few centuries.
However, the volcano’s most recent eruption occurred in December 2022, spewing streams of smoke a mile high.
The eruption from Mount Semeru, Indonesia’s highest mountain, has prompted authorities to alert nearby communities.
The team at the University of Cambridge has released a report detailing possible doomsday scenarios when Mount Merapi awakens from the wrath. Pictured is the eruption of Mount Merapi in 2006
The volcano’s last major eruption was in 2010 (pictured), which sent a plume of volcanic ash more than 2,000 feet above the crater and killed 353 people.
Mount Tambora witnessed one of the largest volcanic eruptions in 1815, causing crop death as far as Europe. This led to food shortages around the world.
“The death toll in the 1815 event was 11,000 from pyroclastic flows and more than 100,000 from resulting food shortages over the following decade,” the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service said on its website.
The Tambora eruption was of VEI7 magnitude, but an eruption of this intensity occurs once every few hundred years.
Although nothing can be done to prevent natural disasters from reaching the Strait of Malacca, there are possible ways to send early warning systems and signals to warn people of an impending disaster.