Yellowstone volcano: Earthquake swarm blasts National Park – fears supervolcano may erupt
And some social media users said they were fearful the increased activity around Yellowstone could be a sign the supervolcano is set to blow.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Multiple earthquakes within 24 hours at Yellowstone… this is for real our last year on Earth so make it count.”
Another person added: “Yellow stone have [SIC] had multiple earthquakes in the last 24 hours too. Which is overdue an eruption. That will be bad.”
A third posted: “Yellowstone Supervolcano looking at 2020 ready to go off for 60 points in game 5 to close out the series.”
Another tweeted: “Honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the Yellowstone supervolcano, which is already 40,000 years overdue for an explosion, erupts this year and we all die.
“I’m ready at this point tbh, I’m done, I’m coming up god.”
One Twitter user wrote: “Yellowstone has been an active geological zone for a very long time. If that one goes, it will definitely be the biggest disaster in decades if not centuries. That’s this country sleeping dragon!”
However, others were, probably justifiably, unconvinced the earthquake swam would spark an eruption.
One posted: “I think Ebola has had a few outbreaks, and Yellowstone has loads of seismic activity always. Nothing to see here!”
Another tweeted: “Yellowstone has around 3000 earthquakes from horrible to ok annually.”
More than a dozen earthquakes struck an area near Yellowstone National Park within 24 hours.
The US Geological Survey (USGS), who monitor seismic activity across the US, recorded the latest earthquake swarm to hit the area on Friday.
The USGS data recorded 20 significant earthquakes with 1.5 magnitudes or higher on that day, amongst dozens more smaller tremors.
According to the USGS’s own earthquake map, around 70 earthquakes and tremors were recorded on Friday alone.
The tremors struck 15 miles outside the Yellowstone National Park, with depths between 1.4 miles and 6 miles below ground.
It comes after 43 earthquakes with magnitudes over 1.5 have hit the same area over the past 30 days, according to Earthquake Track.
The national park’s website says that so-called earthquake swarms are not unusual at Yellowstone, and account for about 50 per cent of all tremors in the area.
The park also states that most earthquakes are magnitude 2 or below and so they are not felt by anyone.
Yellowstone is among the most seismically active places in the US, and sees around 700 to 3,000 earthquakes every year.
On Monday, the park’s Montana entrances were reopened to visitors after the state removed 14-day quarantine rules amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yellowstone’s Wyoming and Idaho entrances have also reopened to day visitors.
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