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Something's Going On At Yellowstone: Earthquake Swarm Ongoing For 5 Weeks Now

The Yellowstone earthquake swarm has been going on for little over five weeks now with no end in sight. As you may know, this is especially terrifying considering the super volcano that calls Yellowstone home. Researchers have recorded well over 1,200 earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park. This phenomenon has been being monitored by several seismologists from the University of Utah since it first began around June 12th. Although this activity is cause for alarm experts do not think these events will cause any sort of eruption from the super volcano.

Something's Going On At Yellowstone: Earthquake Swarm Ongoing For 5 Weeks Now

It seems a lot of these earthquakes were in the magnitude 0 or lower range which is considered to be so small it can only be recorded with specific equipment. While normally increased seismic activity would normally be a sign of volcanic eruption research professor at the University Jamie Farrell, told Newsweek back in June that earthquake swarms are actually s much more common event in Yellowstone than you would think and are not likely to lead to an eruption.

He said: “When a volcano starts ‘acting up’ prior to an eruption, one of the typical signs is increased seismicity. However, it is usually just one of the signs of an impending eruption. Other signs include large changes in surface deformation, changes to the hydrothermal system and changes in gas output. We monitor for all these things at Yellowstone, Typically if we see just one of these things, it doesn't necessarily mean there is an eruption coming. If we start to see changes in all these things, then a red flag may be raised.”

He said that in October of 1985 there was a three-month long earthquake swarm in Yellowstone. This is not the first earthquake swarm and most definitely will not be the last. For an idea on what would happen if the Yellowstone super volcano were to erupt check out the video below. What do you think about all of this?


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