Earthquake Shakes Yellowstone Park
Not since 1980 has a large earthquake hit Yellowstone National Park. The park receives multiple “small” quakes everyday, but this past Friday a 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit the park causing people to wonder if it will set off the sleeping super volcano underneath.
Lets think about it. Earthquakes hit California, Yellowstone and Oklahoma roughly around the same time. 25 earthquakes have shook Yellowstone since Thursday. In 1980, a series of earthquakes hit Yellowstone park, and Mount Saint Helens erupts…Is this a sign that the Yellowstone super volcano is about to erupt?
According to the Weather channel, they say “NO”
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.
Cervelli said the earthquake is interesting scientifically because of the length of time since a quake of equal intensity. He added that data gathered from earthquakes give scientists great insight into volcanoes and tectonics.
However, Cervelli said there are no hazardous implications, and that the Yellowstone Caldera is not about to erupt.