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Earthquakes In Yellowstone from 2008-2010

Yellowstone Earthquakes Under Supervolcano Caldera

By James Pethokoukis

Posted: December 30, 2008

The headline “Scientists track unusual earthquake swarm beneath Yellowstone” only means one thing to fans of the Discovery channel like myself: supervolcano. Here is what the earthquake center at the University of Utah had to say yesterday afternoon:

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a notable swarm of earthquakes has been underway since December 26 beneath Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park, three to six miles south-southeast of Fishing Bridge, Wyoming. This energetic sequence of events was most intense on December 27, when the largest number of events of magnitude 3 and larger occurred.

The largest of the earthquakes was a magnitude 3.9 (revised from magnitude 3.8) at 10:15 pm MST on Dec. 27. The sequence has included nine events of magnitude 3 to 3.9 and approximately 24 of magnitude 2 to 3 at the time of this release. A total of more than 250 events large enough to be located have occurred in this swarm. Reliable depths of the larger events are up to a few miles. Visitors and National Park Service (NPS) employees in the Yellowstone Lake area reported feeling the largest of these earthquakes.

Earthquakes are a common occurrence in the Yellowstone National Park area, an active volcanic-tectonic area averaging 1,000 to 2,000 earthquakes a year.

Rest of the article here.

Yellowstone Quake Swarm Worries Scientists

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come.

Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it’s very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.

“They’re certainly not normal,” Smith said. “We haven’t had earthquakes in this energy or extent in many years.”

Rest of the article here.

Yellowstone earthquake swarm continues into third day, intensifies

By Howard Pankratz of the The Denver Post

Posted: 01/19/2010 07:59:07 AM MST
Updated: 01/19/2010 04:25:04 PM MST

A 3.5 earthquake hit Yellowstone National Park this afternoon as the swarm of earthquakes that started Sunday continues to intensify.

The earthquake occurred at 2:32 p.m., according to scientists monitoring the current swarm.

Originally, scientists had said two 3.6 earthquakes struck in less than a minute – a mile apart.

A woman at the West Yellowstone, Montana Chamber of Commerce said the earthquake created a “rumble like a truck driving down the road.”

She added that the earthquake caused the icicles on the Christmas tree at the Chamber, which has not been taken down, to shake.

The swarm of earthquakes that started Sunday have now entered their third day.

Earlier today, at 9:48 a.m. , a magnitude 3.3 tremor was recorded.

On Monday night, a magnitude 3.4 tremor was recorded at 8:39 p.m.

Al Nash, spokesman for Yellowstone National Park, said that 469 earthquakes had been recorded in the swarm as of 3 p.m. today.

Nash said the earthquakes have been reported by multiple people in the park itself, and in neighboring communities in Montana and Idaho.

Jamie Farrell, a doctoral student in geophysics at the University of Utah, said the quakes are occurring in an area about 5 miles from where the largest swarm of quakes was ever recorded in October 1985.

The area is six miles due west of Yellowstone National Park’s Lower Geyser Basin, which is several miles north of Old Faithful.

Farrell said that there have been no reports of the quakes affecting the geysers in the park, but added there is a probability they will affect some of those thermal features.

So far scientists monitoring the swarm say the tremors seem to be normal tectonic activity, and is “not an indication” that some sort of volcanic activity will occur. …

Prof. Robert B. Smith, a geophysicist at the University of Utah and one of the leading experts on earthquake and volcanic activity at Yellowstone, said that the activity is a “notable swarm.”

Farrell said there is absolutely no connection between what is occurring in Yellowstone and the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.

“They are completely different systems,” said Farrell. “They are not related.”

[“Natural”, systems, he should have said. Just because two thinks have no direct link in nature doesn’t mean God isn’t playing any part, and to rule out indirect effects is stupid, and as if you can see dozens, let alone hundreds of miles beneath the earth.]

Rest of the article here.

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  1. racefan
    March 1, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Are there any truths being hid from public pertaining to frequency and
    intensity of the earthquake swarms in Yellowstone.

    • March 1, 2010 at 4:47 PM

      Actually I just looked up yesterday if earthquakes were increasing even from ancient times and found an article on icr.org on it, which I don’t think I included with some other good links. I would have posted it but am exhausted from trying to keep up with world news, bad neighbors, etc. But go there and look up earthquakes. Not even sure if it I already did include it. I’ll check later though, I’m just too tired to read much. Oh yeah, and was going to write about if the caldera would explode, but it’s still a little draft, hindered by the same usual delays.

    • March 1, 2010 at 5:08 PM

      I don’t see why anyone in the gov would hide this, unless they were angry at the moment at the world. Yeah some would like a big sacrifice to Satan, but I think they’d enjoy looking like a hero like in the movies and take sadistic pleasure at seeing all the “barbarians” and “helpless poor people” running for their lives.

    • March 1, 2010 at 5:13 PM

      That’s annoying: I know I wrote an entry on earthquakes and the Bible and yet it’s not showing up in google. I wish my blogroll was automatic, I don’t understand why such a common sense widget is missing from wordpress.com’s widget list.

      Update, 5:30 P.M.: Found the post that everyone was missing: https://eternian.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/earthquakes-end-times-and-biblical-prophecy and I’ve updated it.

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