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Friday, June 23, 2017

Yellowstone Earthquake Swarms "Nothing New"

Above, one of many Yellowstone mud pots. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yellowstone National Park has been experiencing a large swarm of earthquakes recently, causing some to fear that the apocalypse is approaching.

According to scientists, this is not necessary the case.

The Independent Record reported:
BUTTE — A recent swarm of more than 400 earthquakes in and near Yellowstone National Park has caused some people to worry that Yellowstone could soon be lost to a blaze of molten rock and ash from a super volcano. 
In the past seven days seismologists have recorded 477 seismic events in an area east of Hebgen Lake. Several of the events were earthquakes that measured over a magnitude of 2, the strongest occurring around 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, with a magnitude of 4.4. 
Mike Stickney, seismologist for the Earthquake Studies Office at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology on the Montana Tech campus in Butte, said Wednesday earthquake swarms in Yellowstone are nothing new.
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