01 July 2017

NEWS FLASH – Yellowstone

  • Researchers from the University of Utah's Seismograph Stations (UUSS) have been monitoring the activity since it began last Monday, June 12.
  • A total of 878 quakes have been recorded over the past fortnight at Yellowstone.
  • Earthquake swarms are common in Yellowstone and, on average, comprise about 50 per cent of the total activity in the Yellowstone region.
  • Although the latest swarm is the largest since 2012, it is fewer than weekly counts during similar events in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010.
  • The tremors were recorded at depths from ground level to nine miles (14.5 km) below sea level.
  • Seismic activity could be a sign of an impending eruption of the supervolcano, although this is currently impossible to predict exactly.

A swarm of hundreds of earthquakes have hit Yellowstone National Park with up to 4.4 magnitude. The Grand Prismatic hot spring (pictured) is among the park's many hydrothermal features created by the supervolcano (stock image)
Research article and photo from DailyMail

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