Yellowstone volcano: 82 earthquakes rock US supervolcano. Is an eruption brewing? #earthquake #QuakeSwarm #Supervolcano #Yellowstone #USA
The US Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors Yellowstone volcano for signs of activity, has published its monthly activity report for August. Between August 1 and September 1, 2020, a total of 82 earthquakes were recorded, including five eruptions of Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser. The update comes amid unfounded fears and social media rumours the US supervolcano is overdue an eruption.
One Twitter user said: “Sometimes I remember Yellowstone may erupt at any moment, and then it takes longer to fall asleep.”
Another person said: “You’ve only got one life so, enjoy the delicious food, embrace every awesome moment, and live your life on your terms.
“Besides, there’s a caldera in Yellowstone National Park that’s about 40,000 years overdue to erupt, so yeah, just live it up!”
A third Twitter user said: “Oh Lord, 2020 boiling up another surprise up…
“Don’t forget Yellowstone IS a super-volcano that will one day erupt and impact the majority of the continental US scientists say…”
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Throughout the month of August, University of Utah Seismograph Stations recorded 82 earthquakes in the Yellowstone National Park region, northwest US.
The strongest earthquake was a magnitude 2.6 event just seven miles west of Old Faithful geyser.
The earthquake struck on August 20 at about 11.12pm local time.
And just two days earlier, a swarm of tremors was felt about 12 miles north-northeast of the geyser.
However, the strongest of these tremors was a “micro” quake of magnitude 0.9.
The USGS said: “August was a spectacular month for geysers in Yellowstone.”
The agency added: “Geyser activity like this is common and is not a reflection of deeper volcanic processes, but it is a spectacular sight to behold.”
So, is any of this activity a sign of Yellowstone awakening from its slumber?
According to the USGS, all activity at the supervolcano remains at background levels and there is not a single shred of evidence to support claims of an overdue eruption.
The USGS said: “Almost all earthquakes at Yellowstone are brittle-failure events caused when rocks break due to crustal stresses.
“Though we’ve been looking for years at Yellowstone, no one has yet identified ‘long-period (LP) events’ commonly attributed to magma movement.
“When they are observed, that will not mean Yellowstone is getting ready to erupt.
“LP earthquakes are observed commonly at other volcanoes in the world, including California, which have not erupted for centuries or millennia.
Courtesy of financial-press.uk