By Lisa Haven
Is the Yellowstone supervolcano about to erupt? Scientists have detected over 200 earthquakes in just 10 days after warning that magma below is under intense pressure. But is there anything to really worry about?
All that and more below…
According to USGS:
“Over the past several days, an earthquake swarm has been ongoing at Yellowstone. Before you read any more, keep in mind that swarms like this account for more than 50% of the seismic activity at Yellowstone, and no volcanic activity has occurred from any past such events. As of the night of February 18, over 200 earthquakes have been located in an area ~13 km (8 mi) NE of West Yellowstone, Montana. Many more earthquakes have occurred, but are too small to be located.
“Does the location for this swarm sound familiar? It should… This is approximately the same place as last summer’s Maple Creek swarm, which included about 2400 earthquakes during June-September 2017. In fact, the current swarm may be just a continuation of the Maple Creek swarm, given the ongoing but sporadic seismicity in the area over the past several months.
“While it may seem worrisome, the current seismicity is relatively weak and actually represents an opportunity to learn more about Yellowstone.”
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