There are over 3,000 earthquakes per year at Yellowstone Park, home to one of the world’s largest super volcanoes – Yellowstone Caldera. Most of them are mini-quakes.
This past weekend, on Sunday March 30th, however, three earthquakes broke out and one of then was quite sizable. In fact, it was the largest earthquake to hit in 34 years – February 22, 1980.
The Weather Channel reports:
The magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck inside the park boundaries at 6:34 a.m. MDT Sunday. The epicenter was near the middle of the park, near the Norris Geyser Basin, according to Peter Cervelli of the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake, the largest since another 4.8 tremor on February 22, 1980, was preceded by two foreshocks measuring 2.8 and 3.0 at 12:23 a.m. and 4:36 a.m. Sunday, respectively. The main shock was then followed by at least four aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 3.3 later Sunday morning.
There were no immediate reports of damage. There are few visitors in the park this time of year.
Cervelli finds it interesting, but not hazardous. Also interesting, a swarm of earthquakes hit central Oklahoma the same day, three of them above 4.0 on the Richter scale. USGS issued a statement about Yellowstone and mentioned there being 25 earthquakes in the area since March 27th.
Last week, there was an online video and story posted about wild buffalo apparently running for their lives out of the mountains of Yellowstone Park. Other stories contained a prediction for an earthquake/eruption on Friday March, 28 2014.
To be sure, this wasn’t a stampede of Lion King proportions, but it is curious. Strangely, the buffalo run within the lines in the correct lane on the highway. Some stories along the same lines used planetary and mathematical algorithms to come up with an earthquake/eruption date of March 28th.
While planetary alignment predictions fall well outside the realm of this writer’s sphere, other writers have been cataloging Yellowstone “murmurs” for awhile, as seismic activity has made headlines for several months.
Even though there wasn’t a full-blown eruption the weekend of March 28-30th – the largest earthquake to occur there since 1980, happening within 24 hours of speculation, is something to ponder. Similar seismic activity occurred before the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helen’s.
Researchers at the Weather Channel, however, don’t want to add to panic-stricken posts, and want to assure people that a volcanic eruption is not expected.
Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.