OP, I realize that for those who read about Yellowstone and the potential for the first time, it is tempting to react the exact way that you are. I
strongly suggest though that before you get too stresed out about it, do a little more research to educate yourself so you don't have any unecessary
ATS happens to be a great place to get some of that info. (one of the reasons I started posting here). The above link is to a MASSIVE thread full of
everything you need to know to make your head spin.
I will give you a few of my favorite links though to get you started. It can be hard to wade through the other thread, but the first page has a bunch
First of all: Yellowstone has been relatively mellow as of late. There is absolutely NO indication that an erruption or event of any sort is going
to happen in our lifetime. Here is a current list of quakes:
0.9 2010/05/12 13:33:24 44.730N 111.175W 4.3 9 km ( 6 mi) NW of West Yellowstone, MT
0.9 2010/05/12 05:33:36 44.722N 111.165W 4.1 8 km ( 5 mi) NW of West Yellowstone, MT
2.4 2010/05/12 05:05:23 44.724N 111.164W 5.4 8 km ( 5 mi) NW of West Yellowstone, MT
0.6 2010/05/11 23:55:18 44.597N 110.571W 1.8 43 km (27 mi) E of West Yellowstone, MT
0.9 2010/05/11 21:22:44 44.647N 110.992W 0.9 9 km ( 6 mi) E of West Yellowstone, MT
2.5 2010/05/11 09:31:33 44.592N 110.588W 0.2 42 km (26 mi) E of West Yellowstone, MT
1.4 2010/05/11 07:25:47 44.688N 110.052W 16.4 38 km (23 mi) SSW of Cooke City-Silver Gate, MT
0.2 2010/05/10 06:46:35 44.259N 110.775W 3.5 46 km (29 mi) ENE of Warm River, ID
0.7 2010/05/10 06:15:24 44.750N 111.061W 5.4 10 km ( 6 mi) NNE of West Yellowstone, MT
0.3 2010/05/10 02:44:00 44.560N 110.971W 2.7 16 km (10 mi) SE of West Yellowstone, MT
This is really nothing. The last swarm a couple of months ago generated thousands of quakes, so to not have any for several days is a dry spell for
Remember that earthquakes are only one indicator of an erruption. Yellowstone is a massive ecosystem of interlocked systems. There would most likely
be a change in gas emissions, steam emissions, water venting and a number of other things. There is nothing like that going on, so far as I know.
I do not want to discredit your thread, but Yellowstone is a potential 'planet killer', so I just think we should be cautious before we make any
claims that it is about to errupt and people should leave the area. The info you posted is nothing new and there is NO indication that there is any
change in it's status. Here are some links to help you keep an eye on it, and to perhaps learn her patterns if you are interested.
Utah seismo quake lsit
USGS quake list
examples of different seismos
Have fun with your monitoring, there is a lot to learn. (A lifetime of it!)
Again, while I agree that she is a beast that needs to be feared and respected, there is no need to panic right now about it. In fact, I am hoping
that I will be able to visit the park during the next swarm!!!