More than a hundred earthquakes have struck Yellowstone in the past month, raising fears of a devastating eruption of the volatile supervolcano. Mike Poland, chief scientist at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, announced the number of recent earthquakes in an overview of activities in Yellowstone in June. On behalf of the US Geological Survey (USGS), Mr. Poland confirmed that just 102 earthquakes had hit the area.
The earthquakes were discovered by the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, which are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Yellowstone seismic network.
Yellowstone earthquakes are being closely monitored as many suspect the site’s volcano is overdue for another catastrophic eruption that could wipe out the United States.
The last major eruptions of the Yellowstone volcano occurred around 640,000, 1
The last time Yellowstone erupted – an event known as the Lava Creek eruption – the volcano covered an estimated 7,500 square kilometers with ash and precipitation.
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However, Poland tried to downplay fears of an impending volcanic disaster.
Regarding the number of recent earthquakes, he said: “This is fairly normal for the region where we see an average of 1,500 to 2,500 earthquakes a year.
“In fact, we’re more on the low side of the average this month.”
The biggest earthquake of the month happened on June 5 when the magnitude 2.8 hit.
He added, “There are also some aftershocks from the magnitude five event that occurred in the Salt Lake City area in mid-March.”
The National Park Service has repeatedly tried to alleviate catastrophic fears around Yellowstone.
You recently said, “Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active areas in the United States. Around 700 to 3,000 earthquakes occur in the Yellowstone area each year. Most of them are not noticeable. “
While an eruption may not happen soon, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said: “If another major caldera eruption occurred in Yellowstone, its effects would be worldwide.”