1400-Quake Swarm Prompts Question "If Yellowstone Erupted, What Would Be Left?"

Yellowstone volcano has been struck by 1,400 earthquakes in recent weeks, leading to fears that the supervolcano is ready to blow and wipe out life on Earth.

Seismic activity around the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, US, is not uncommon, but the heaviest swarm in half a decade has people very concerned.

Since June 12, The Express reports there has been over 1,400 tremors in the region, and experts state that the swarm could go on for another month.

However, seismologists state that there is nothing to be concerned about yet. Jamie Farrell at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City told New Scientist:

“This is a large swarm but it is not the largest swarm we’ve recorded in Yellowstone.

 

“Earthquake swarms are fairly common in Yellowstone.

 

“There is no indication that this swarm is related to magma moving through the shallow crust.”

Neverthelesss, following Montana’s biggest earthquake in 34 years, a 5.4 tremor in early June, which is on the same fault line as Yellowstone, and coupled with the swarm of quakes in the National Park, many are convinced that the supervolcano is now ready to blow.

One local wrote on Twitter: “Earthquake in Bozeman = truly terrified Yellowstone volcano gonna go off.”

So what would happen?

Comments

Gold Pedant armada (not verified) Sat, 08/05/2017 - 21:44 Permalink

They said "half a decade." That's like these pompous fat white insurance agents folding their arms on camera and claiming experience for "a quarter of a century." Great, now we know that you have kids in college and can now focus on other stuff. Thanks, Statefarm! I feel like a hundred times safer than I would have purchasing an Alex Jones ProPur system or whatever.

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Manthong Gold Pedant Sat, 08/05/2017 - 23:20 Permalink

 
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The rings on a single Mann’s tree indicate a catastrophic inverse hockey stick and a drop in global temperatures of 9 degrees C within the next three weeks. We are doomed.

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Dizzy Malscience Déjà view Sun, 08/06/2017 - 05:05 Permalink

 
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Can we get the Chinese to build monster watertight  arcs to save our august leadership in time?

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East Indian hidflect Sun, 08/06/2017 - 01:50 Permalink

geothermals are not even pinpricks on that skin. We can comfortably drain some energy and get some electricity too. At worst, it will become a vent for the magma below, but since the pressure will be much less than an eruption, you will have only spectacular lava flows, columns and plugs! Drill the next one!

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Lore tmosley Sun, 08/06/2017 - 00:01 Permalink

@ tmosley: Exactly. I mentioned before how a local seismologist is thoroughly frustrated. It's like CAGW alarmism to a real climate scientist: sensationalism and disinformation sows confusion and hysteria and makes more work for those who are trying to encourage sensible perspective. 

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keep the basta… vato poco Sun, 08/06/2017 - 01:02 Permalink

shallow reporting of doom porn. There is a great deal more info which could be given. Earthquake activity has increased markedly worldwide in the last year let alone  the last couple of years.The Pacific plate is copping it and  many many more deep earthquakes 200,330 and up to 600 klm deep which trigger larger shallower ones in specific patterns of pressure movement.. all refuted ie said to not be possible or possible of prediction of size and position, by US professionals.So too bad. More are coming its way. NZ south island has weakened its crust, its old ridge down is fractured and a new one is forming to its east, and  its getting constant small quakes. Italy has broken and it too has constant small quakes.US over the past year is getting lots more and quakes at the weak fracking breaks in the earths crust are breaking fracking  drill holes walls which allows material to spead out sideways thru shale layers , triggering secondary quakes which break more drill hole casings.  

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Lore J S Bach Sat, 08/05/2017 - 20:42 Permalink

As an emergency services volunteer, I once attended a symposium for health care workers about procedure in the event of a pandemic, and the overriding priority was to prevent people from self-quarantining by staying in their homes, because that would hurt the economy.  I kid you not; those were the exact words, and there wasn't a single expression of surprise or consternation in the room. 

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