There Have Been 296 Earthquakes Near The Yellowstone Supervolcano Within The Last 7 Days

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Michael Snyder via The American Dream blog,

Is it possible that the Yellowstone supervolcano is gearing up for a major eruption? If you follow my work on a regular basis, then you already know that I spend a lot of time documenting how the crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. Most of this shaking is taking place far away from the continental United States, and so most Americans are not too concerned about it. But we should be concerned about it, because a major seismic event could change all of our lives in a single instant. For instance, a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would have the potential of being an E.L.E. (extinction level event). That is why it is so alarming that there have been 296 earthquakes in the vicinity of the Yellowstone supervolcano within the last 7 days. Scientists are trying to convince us that everything is going to be okay, but there are others that are not so sure.

The biggest earthquake in this swarm occurred last Thursday evening. It was initially measured to be a magnitude 4.5 earthquake, but it was later downgraded to a 4.4. It was the biggest quake in the region since a magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck close to Norris Geyser Basin in March 2014. This magnitude 4.4 earthquake was so powerful that people felt it as far away as Bozeman

The main quake was centered about 5.8 miles underground.


The quake and aftershocks occurred just over 8 miles northeast from West Yellowstone, according to the U.S. Geological Service.


A witness reported that she felt the building she was in move.


Dozens of people reported that they felt it in and around West Yellowstone, Gardiner, Ennis, and Bozeman.

But by itself that one quake would only be of minor concern. What is troubling many of the experts is that this earthquake has been accompanied by 295 smaller ones.

There is normally a rise in seismic activity before a volcano erupts, and according to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, a long overdue eruption at Yellowstone could “rip the guts out of the USA”

Scientists currently believe that there’s a 10% chance that a “supervolcanic Category 7 eruption” could take place this century, as pointed out by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku who appeared on a segment for Fox News.


The grey haired physicist told Shepard Smith that the “danger” we are now facing with the caldera is that it’s long overdue for an eruption which Kaku said could “rip the guts out of the USA.”


Kaku said that a “pocket of lava” located under the park has turned out to be twice as big as scientists originally thought.

I would like to try to describe for you what a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would mean for this country.

Hundreds of cubic miles of ash, rock and lava would be blasted into the atmosphere, and this would likely plunge much of the northern hemisphere into several days of complete darkness. Virtually everything within 100 miles of Yellowstone would be immediately killed, but a much more cruel fate would befall those that live in major cities outside of the immediate blast zone such as Salt Lake City and Denver.

Hot volcanic ash, rock and dust would rain down on those cities literally for weeks. In the end, it would be extremely difficult for anyone living in those communities to survive. In fact, it has been estimated that 90 percent of all people living within 600 miles of Yellowstone would be killed.

Experts project that such an eruption would dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away, and approximately two-thirds of the United States would suddenly become uninhabitable. The volcanic ash would severely contaminate most of our water supplies, and growing food in the middle of the country would become next to impossible.

In other words, it would be the end of our country as we know it today.

The rest of the planet, and this would especially be true for the northern hemisphere, would experience what is known as a “nuclear winter”. An extreme period of “global cooling” would take place, and temperatures around the world would fall by up to 20 degrees. Crops would fail all over the planet, and severe famine would sweep the globe.

In the end, billions could die.

So yes, this is a threat that we should take very seriously.

But today, most Americans think of Yellowstone as little more than a fun tourist attraction. But the truth is that many tourists have discovered just how dangerous Yellowstone can be. Some have been scalded by boiling water from geysers that can get as hot as 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and one man from North Carolina recently had to be flown to a burn center after he mistakenly fell into a hot spring

A North Carolina man was flown to the University of Utah Burn Center after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park late Tuesday night.


Gervais Dylan Gatete, 21, was with seven other people in the Lower Geyser Basin north of Old Faithful when he fell, according to a park news release.


The group attempted to transport Gatete, an employee with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, by car for medical treatment. Just before midnight, they flagged down a park ranger near Seven Mile Bridge on the West Entrance Road.

Since Yellowstone is still very active, scientists assure us that it will erupt again one day.

And when that happens, all of our lives will be completely turned upside down in a single moment.

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gigadeath's picture

God? Perhaps a well place nuclear bomb might help to move some of that magma along. Who knows. Wouldnt be the first time natural catastrophes were used as cover to further globalist agendas.

SMG's picture

Honestly this is pure speculation.  Take it with a grain of salt.

AllOfGood's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

NoDebt's picture

Please do not down-vote the "I'm making $7K a month working part time" guy, above.  He is probably more honest than most of those in the media.  At least his con is straight-forward and easily understood.  The MSM.... not so much.  Those motherfuckers will say anything.


DrData02's picture

Actually I understand he is in the MSM. I understand this 7k deal is Jim Acosta's part-time gig.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

I understand that if this happens we're all toast and there's jack shit we can do about it so why even bother paying attention much less talking about it?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Look at the bright side. Maybe it will exactly cancel global warming and save us all. And don't worry, all the billionaires have underground bunkers that will allow them to survive the explosion. Afterward they will emerge to create a new and better world.

Creative_Destruct's picture

This eruption would not be the end of the US , much less the world. Nearby many lives lost, but a low population density area.  It would blanket the US with ash that would nearby (within several hundred mile to 1000 mile radius) collapse roofs, trees choke everything, rendering most machinery and electrical grids unworkable. And as far away as California, blanket them with  1- 4 inches of ash which would short transformers, transmission lines and probably knock out the grid. This would cause social chaos in California.  then the entire world would experience a decade long cool-down due to the particulates and SO2  injected into the stratosphere.

So, bad news, but two effects that are not all bad : 1) global cooling, 2) California chaos.

NidStyles's picture

It would also fertilize the entire country without a single cent spent by anyone.

ali_baba's picture

A single eruption would end all terrorism. Itd be glorious.

Kotzbomber747's picture

Hey, if it happens, it happens. What are we gonna do against an earthquake?

Besides, just imagine the Kenyesian multiplier effect...! Rebuilding half of the US would be a Kenysian wet dream come true.

Jimmy Twinkle's picture

Only in the sense that US would quickly have to nuke the rest of the world in order not to be surrounded by the hyenas

Sudden Debt's picture

The yellowstone magma chamber contains 84% molten carbon 

if that one would blow, the world as we know it will end.

It's not just the ashes and magma, there will be so much carbon in the air, it would be a great extinction that would last for 1000 years and kill most life bigger then a hamster.


Amicus Curiae's picture


oh FFS!

its pretty much liquid GRANITE in the known caldera " lava soup"

see the pic above in the article

if  quora allows view(usually one page is ok)

4000degrees to melt it

see below

Our  INNERMOST core reaches that

above that the temp would see it solidifying again

The upper mantle is the layer that sits directly under our planet's crust, and extends to a depth of about 410 km (250 miles). 

Within this layer, temperatures can span from 500 to 900°C (932 to 1,652°F) near the crust, and can reach a hellish 4,000°C (7,230°F) in the lower mantle closer to the central core.

That ridiculous heat is constantly melting carbonates - a large group of minerals such as magnesite and calcite that all contain a specific carbonate ion - and this molten carbon is thought to be responsible for the conductivity of the mantle.


and a bit of a laugh checking many pages on this and seeing carbon/ c02 /and carbonates interspersed as the same thing

theyre not

True Blue's picture

Please, please, please let them all be in Jackson's Hole when it happens. Please.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

The only thing missing on these underground bunkers are the tombstones!

Sanity Bear's picture

It's weird how these same guys seem to have all sorts of extremely specialized expertise in an extremely wide variety of fields, which form the basis for all these predictions of doom - despite them not having a background in anything much other than repeatedly predicting various forms of doomsday, one of which will eventually be right sometime between now and the hypothetical heat death of the universe (which also qualifies as a highly predictable if theoretically flawed doomsday - get on it Michael).

americhinaman's picture

fracking in the USA... what a great idea!  let's add air pressure to the enormous pressures already built up, and then either leave the oil containment areas empty or fill them with something that doesn't belong.  that will surely reduce the chance of a seismic event in the US!

tenpanhandle's picture

Igneous terrain is not fracking country.

fattail's picture

I wonder what the extraction of all of the oil and gas from the surface does to the underlying pressure.  Maybe each barrel of oil or mcf of gas sitting on the surface has to be replaced to create the necessary pressure and that delays the eventual eruption a second or two, maybe longer.  Maybe the fact that we have extracted so much oil and gas from wyoming and the bakken means we have delayed the eruption by a lifetime or indefinitely.  How ironic would it be if the scourge of the environment OIL extraction, actually saved humanity?  Unfortunately it just enriched the muslim world so perhaps we are all still doomed.

misalkin's picture

Move to Mexico or brasil and you will live

fattail's picture

If you think they will be happy to see a bunch of fat rich entitled gringos coming to their country i think you will be mistaken.

Raffie's picture

Oddly enough many rich people been buying property there. Lots of bunkers there as well.

Why would rich people buy property there is they thought it was going to blow.

froze25's picture

Threw really rich people are buying land in new Zealand 

Sudden Debt's picture

It's not because somebody has a lot of money that he's smart ;)

Most rich people become so self centered that their IQ's drop to the level of a goldfish.

Nage42's picture

"Oddly" rich people are bying property in and around a trigger point for a world-changing event in the Northern Hemisphere... and those same people are then buying safe-haven bunker homes in NZ in the Southern Hemisphere.


_Perhaps_ some of those "rich" people have drilling/excavation/fracking knowledge (known to increase quake events) and some of them even have MIC ties to very large "shock" devices (think "nukkalar")...


So... how crazy do you think these "rich" people are, and how far do you think they'll go to make sure they stay that way?


Time to activate the reddit autists to go investigating into land title owership cross over between near-caldera and NZ.


The happy irony is that there are lots of supervolcanos in NZ too, and much like cheerleader nipples: you tweak one and the others suddenly perks up (good to end doom pr0n with a happy image, no?)


Happy conspiracing (yes, let's make a new verb)!




tmosley's picture

So is this a record for the number of earthquakes in a one week period in Yellowstone? Need context here. Story seems like it is purposefully taken out of context, likely to confirm doomer's biases.

Automatic Choke's picture

it is not a record

  swarms happen regularly....the magma moves.  same thing at mammoth.   yes, someday it will go boom, but impossible to predict.  

cbxer55's picture

Exactly. I recall some years ago, 2009 or 10, that they were having a large number of quakes there. And as would be typical, all the doom-and-gloomers were predicting it was going to erupt soon. Didn't happen then, likely won't happen this time either. In any event, I'm in central Oklahoma, so would probably be the end for me as I believe that is within that 1000 mile radius mentioned above. Buried in volcanic ash as it were. Not a pleasant way to go for sure, and hopefully one of my trusty .45's will be close at hand should it happen.  

mkkby's picture

Nothing to see here -- small eruptions happen all the time.  World destroying events are extremely unlikely.  Millions of years apart.

Fuck Mike Snyder and every one of these click bait doom jagoffs.  Don't forget -- after the banksters are gone, the rope can be re-used.

yogibear's picture

Not even Yellowstone erupting could cause the Federal Reserve's rigged stock indexes to go down.


Implied Violins's picture


- Dow breaches 100,000. Got hats?

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Three feet up to 1000 miles away? Who is claiming that?

From what I understand Wyoming is pretty much a kill zone with parts of northern Colorado and western Nebraska being hellish. Beyond that, the initial event looks survivable, but what happens next is anyone's guess.

fattail's picture

Hopefully the government will  use the HAARP to cause the winds to blow all of the ash north to Canada.  Maybe some of the weather in CONUS in 2012 was an effect of the government managing the Fukushima fallout with high pressure systems and wind direction.

CrazyCooter's picture

TMos, this is vanilla as best I understand (passing interest - not my hobby).

This area has active geysers. Of course it is seismically active. Swarms are not uncommon. Actually, they are quite common in all geo-thermic areas around the globe. Details vary - but I think my point stands in a general sense.

You are spot on with regards to WHEN was the last time this volume of "swarm quakes" was present for a given period of time and of a comparable size.

Observe that is missing from the article is mention of sigmas - god forbid that would be honest reporting (and not click baiting).

Cause this is snooze news.

I would have been more interested in hearing how Iceland's primary economic export is aluminum - because they have so much easy to access geo-thermic energy they can cheaply produce geo-thermic power (electricity) to process aluminum ore that is has become their leading export.


Would love to hear the swarm numbers for Iceland.

Back in the day, when their volcano erupted and shut down Euro flights - when they were going broke - ZH had an article about C (the letter) not existing in Icelandic and joke being Europe demanded (C)ash - so they send them ()ash. Maybe someone else can dig up the link.

Now that is click bait I can live with. This is crap.



gold rubeberg's picture

Definitely. How many are there in an average week? Sensitive instruments can measure very small quakes that are never felt but are very frequent, even routine in places most of us live.

Charts, please!

Sick Underbelly's picture

So, according to the Yellowstone page

Yellowstone commonly experiences “earthquake swarms”—a series of earthquakes over a short period of time in a localized area. The largest swarm occurred in 1985, with more than 3,000 earthquakes recorded during three months on the northwest side of the park. Hundreds of quakes were recorded during swarms in 2009 (near Lake Village) and 2010 (between Old Faithful area and West Yellowstone). Scientists interpret these swarms as due to shifting and changing pressures in the Earth’s crust that are caused by migration of hydrothermal fluids, a natural occurrence of volcanoes.

If you go on "averages", then 3,000/3 months = ~1,000/month...or roughly 250/week.  So, this number of earthquakes in a week is, using averages, a bit abnormal.

There was another swarm in 2010 that didn't make the record of 1985.

During the swarm [17 Jan - 11 Feb, 2010], there were 1,805 tremors of which 22 were felt by people in the park as well as adjacent communities in Montana and Idaho.

Déjà view's picture

Earth crust distortion...

Dams themselves may cause quakes. The seasonal rise and fall of reservoirs places extra stress on nearby rock formations. When the 50-story-high Zipingpu Dam was begun on the Min River in 2001, seismologists from China’s Earthquake Bureau warned that a major fault ran less than a mile away, but they were ignored. In 2007 and 2008, the reservoir filled, with major fluctuations in the water level. In May 2008, the 7.9-magnitude Wenchuan quake occurred only 5.5 kilometers downstream, killing 80,000 people. Since then, more than 50 studies have found evidence that the reservoir triggered small quakes through the fault system, culminating in the large quake.

Ironic...Colorado River reservoirs exert diminished pressure on surrounding crust...seems like pushing finger into ballon...then releasing...

runswithscissors's picture

AHHHH we're DOOMED! Help me federal government! 

algol_dog's picture

Should I short the S&P now? 

Fukushima Sam's picture

Magic 8-Ball says "Ask Again"

runswithscissors's picture

The graphic looks like my hemorrhoids and they're erupting all the time.


Nage42's picture

Resurgent Dome = Her love button

Granitic magma = Insert Here!

Rising Balsitic magma = Insert Here only if you have a pass!