Yellowstone volcano rocked by more than 400 earthquakes in a month

Yellowstone volcano rocked by more than 400 earthquakes in a month

by Pranali Mehta

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Yellowstone volcano and the areas surrounding it were reportedly rocked by more than 400 earthquakes in the last month.

As per the most recent data collected by the YVO (Yellowstone Volcano Observatory) branch of the USGS, almost 445 tremors were detected within the National Park in June 2021. This duration of seismic activity was marked by four intense swarms, comprising two that peaked at a value of 153 tremors each. The update comes amid unfounded claims and widespread fears regarding the supposedly explosive future of Yellowstone.

For the record, the Yellowstone volcano caldera spans across a 43 x 28 mile section of the Western United States. The caldera occasionally rumbles and stands as a cause for concern for many. The biggest three eruptions of the supervolcano went off some 2.1 million, 1.3 million, and 640,000 years ago. These eruptions led to false assumption amongst many that Yellowstone eruptions are similar to clockwork.

The social media is especially rife with misinformed opinions and conspiracy theories regarding Yellowstone. Several people are of the opinion that the volcano is overdue for yet another big eruption.

According to one source, a lot of geologists have been closely watching Yellowstone. The source added that if the eruption ever went off it would put aside political differences and underscore what is really significant. The person also added that same would be the case with the overdue 9 plus quake which is due off the Pacific Northwest Coast.

In its monthly report, the USGS admitted that the 445 quakes were above the usual number of 100 to 200 earthquakes a month. However, it is to be noted that the U.S. National Park experiences around 3,000 quakes every year. Almost half of these come in the form of earthquake swarms. And over 400 quakes in a single month, even though seemingly scary, it is not a completely unique occurrence.

Source credit: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1457985/yellowstone-volcano-earthquakes-usgs-latest-yellowstone-eruption-evg

Pranali Mehta

A chemical engineer by qualification, Pranali Mehta dutifully walked down the slated path and worked in a chemical firm for a year. Her passion for writing however, pushed her into experimenting with the same as a career. With over three years of experience in content writRead more...