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Yellowstone Hit By Swarm of Earthquakes

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posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 09:27 AM
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Yellowstone National Park has been rattled by more than 250 earthquakes in the past two days following a period of 11 months of quiet seismic activity in the park.

The quakes have been gaining strength, with a 3.1 tremor recorded at 11:03 a.m. today. A 2.9 quake was recorded at 12:38 p.m.

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." "The swarm is located about 10 miles northwest of Old Faithful, Wyo., and nine miles southeast of West Yellowstone, Montana," said Smith.

Jamie Farrell, a doctoral student in geophysics who works with Smith at the University of Utah, said that as of 3 p.m. today, 270 quakes have been recorded in the past two days.

Farrell said the quakes are occurring in an area about 5 miles from where the largest swarm of quakes was ever recorded in October 1985.


Although they go on to say this is nothing out of the blue, I had no idea the Yellowstone Plateau receives that kind of continuance of seismic activity. I'm not a geologist by any means so I propose the question, should this be something we keep an eye on?

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posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 09:37 AM
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There's already a 488 page thread on Yellowstone, which is updated by dudes that know as much as possible about it, check it out here

Just a heads up because there's about about be like 20 people replying telling you this one should be closed
, seriously though, the posters in that thread, know what they are talking about!



posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 09:57 AM
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Originally posted by bkaust
There's already a 488 page thread on Yellowstone, which is updated by dudes that know as much as possible about it, check it out here

Just a heads up because there's about about be like 20 people replying telling you this one should be closed
, seriously though, the posters in that thread, know what they are talking about!



That thread has 160+ pages.

Even if someone posted their thoughts, the time it takes to go through the pages would discourage the person lol.

I made it to page 160+ and gave up lol.



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