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What's going on at Yellowstone part 2

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posted on May, 16 2014 @ 12:31 PM
With the 4.4 depth on that recent quake this morning, does that mean the cauldera is getting wider?

posted on May, 16 2014 @ 12:36 PM

originally posted by: Hillbilly123069
With the 4.4 depth on that recent quake this morning, does that mean the cauldera is getting wider?

What 4.4 this morning?? There's nothing on any of the EQ listing sites as far as I can see. Are you talking about the one from April 10th?

Edit: Ohhh, I misread, you mean the 1.9 that was 4,4 kn deep. Never mind then.
edit on 5/16/2014 by Nyiah because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 19 2014 @ 09:39 AM
a reply to: ericblair4891
Here is more information concerning the abrupt reversal of the inflation under the Norris Basin.

Ground deformation
The ground deformation occurring in north-central Yellowstone abruptly changed direction on about April 6, 2014, one week following a M4.8 earthquake in the same region. The change is most prominent on the NRWY GPS station (, but is also detectable on other nearby stations. Since April 6, 2014, NRWY has moved about 0.5 cm west, 1 cm north, and 2 cm down, reversing about 1/3 of the deformation accumulated over the previous 8 months. (Note that last month’s update erroneously reported that NRWY had moved 2 cm north since August 1, 2013. In fact it had moved 2 cm SOUTH).

Slow caldera uplift, which began in early 2014 after 4 years of subsidence, continues at about 2 cm/yr.

YVO monthly update

Here is a detrended graph of NRWY GPS station, updated on the 17th of May.

GPS source

posted on Jun, 3 2014 @ 07:47 AM
Yellowstone has been popping off small earthquakes in the NW corner of the park for the past 5 days. Another flurry of activity this morning, kicked off by a Mag 3.5:

3.2 2014/06/03 03:52:52 44.780N 110.764W 9.1 29 km (18 mi) S of Gardiner, MT
1.9 2014/06/03 03:52:31 44.807N 110.748W -3.4 26 km (16 mi) S of Gardiner, MT
2.7 2014/06/03 03:39:25 44.788N 110.760W 8.6 28 km (17 mi) S of Gardiner, MT
3.5 2014/06/03 03:33:27 44.807N 110.760W 20.2 26 km (16 mi) S of Gardiner, MT


Here is the link to the Holmes Hill seismo, nearest to the activity.
This image of the Holmes Hill seismo is from the YVO monitoring page.

From the YVO monthly update, posted yesterday:

A north-south trending series of earthquakes, over seven miles in length, which began in September, 2013 picked up again from May 10 to 31 with 42 events. The largest earthquake was magnitude 3.5 on May 31, at 4:25 PM MDT, located about 13 miles southwest of Mammoth, Yellowstone National Park.

Earthquake sequences like these are common and account for roughly 50% of the total seismicity in the Yellowstone region.

Concerning the ground deformation:

Subsidence in north-central Yellowstone continues, although the deformation rate has slowed.


Uplift within the Yellowstone Caldera, which began in 2014 after 4 years of subsidence, continues. Since the beginning of 2014, the caldera has risen about 2 cm.

Two centimeters in 5 months is... intriguing.

posted on Jun, 3 2014 @ 05:02 PM
Iceland also gonna wild today... external couse?

posted on Jun, 3 2014 @ 10:37 PM
Any updates on ground deformation in the last few days, since the earthquakes?

posted on Jun, 4 2014 @ 08:08 AM
a reply to: rigel434
The GPS haven't been updated yet today (it usually happens around 1500 UTC); I'll check later today. However, I wouldn't expect these quakes to have much influence on the inflation because they are occurring in the park, but outside the caldera, while the inflation is centered nearer the middle of the caldera.

Looking at the seismograms, it appears that the s-waves from the mag 5.7 up near Haines, Alaska triggered 2 small quakes in Yellowstone, including this mag 3.3.

(From station Mary Lake.)

posted on Jun, 4 2014 @ 07:19 PM
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posted on Jun, 11 2014 @ 12:26 PM
i don't think i can link to it but someone on facebook shared a photo from yellowstone and said this:

"I was on a guided tour of Old Faithful, and I happened to see this geyser going off in the distance. Everybody turned to look at it; the guide said it was Castle Geyser and that was the first time he had seen it erupt"

he also said that the guides told him there were 10 quakes a day happening.... i'm not sure what that means. if he meant there are 10 significant ones (out of the ordinary) or they were just stating something that's fairly normal.

anyone know more about the Castle Geyser???? i'm curious if this is an unusual event or if he just misinterpreted the tour guide.

edit to add.... i should have just looked up the geyser before i posted. it erupts regularly. his guide made it seem like it was unusual.

edit on 11-6-2014 by pasiphae because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 17 2014 @ 01:24 AM
Breaking! Yellowstone's Geysers Erupting! Just Released Videos!
June 6th, 2014

New Geyser Data on Yellowstone! Not Great News?
June 12th, 2014

ALERT: U.S. E.L.E. Coming? Entire U.S. Volcanic, Earthquakes Sites Being Shut Down
June 14th, 2014

edit on 6/17/2014 by Hx3_1963 because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 22 2014 @ 11:33 AM
Old Faithful Geyser Streaming Webcam

Looks like they have it up and running again.

posted on Jul, 1 2014 @ 11:16 AM
It's been really quiet at our favorite caldera over the past few weeks; only 10 earthquakes over the preceding 14 days and all very small.

Yesterday, the YVO released a press statement regarding the new data concerning the magma chamber revealed through seismic tomography, that was published a few months back.
Here is a diagram showing the new model of the crustal magma chamber, which is 2.5 times larger than originally thought.

From the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory news:

Analysis of the data reveals that the magma reservoir contains between about 5 and 15% molten rock (melt) that occupies pore spaces between solid (crystalline) material. Magma typically does not erupt unless it has greater than 50% melt.

The larger imaged size of the magma reservoir better matches the geologic record of Late Quaternary volcanic eruptions and lava flows but, importantly, does not increase the volcanic hazard in the Yellowstone region.

It reads as if, to the volcanologists' best modeling, this beast is not on the cusp of erupting. Good news.

posted on Jul, 6 2014 @ 11:51 AM
It looks like Yellowstone has burbled back from its quiet time. This seismogram is from north of Norris Basin, station PB.B950..EHZ.

Small, but the lack of earthquakes in the park was becoming deafening. I just checked USGS. They have the largest quake as mag 1.9, NNE of Old Faithful.
edit on 7/6/2014 by Olivine because: add a link

posted on Jul, 6 2014 @ 10:48 PM
a reply to: Olivine

I knew someone would have a summary on here in regards to the small flurry of activity today!

I haven't been here in awhile, but thanks for keeping this up-to-date!!!

posted on Jul, 9 2014 @ 03:52 PM
a reply to: pasiphae

you should google that geyser. you'll find that it erupts regularly and is an attraction at the park. just because THAT guide hasn't seen it doesn't mean much. it shoots off every 12 hours or so.

posted on Jul, 11 2014 @ 12:44 AM
RSOE EDIS Event Report - The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday. As they examined possible fixes, park officials warned visitors not to hike into the affected area, where the danger of stepping through solid-looking soil into boiling-hot water was high. "There are plenty of other great places to see thermal features in the park," Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said. "I wouldn't risk personal injury to see these during this ...

posted on Jul, 11 2014 @ 11:56 PM
a reply to: pasiphae

How bout maybe they changed that data after the geyser started erupting. Maybe the guide is right, and it doesn't erupt often, but to continue the charade that nothing is amiss at Yellowstone, they change the info on that geyser to say that it does erupt often. Well, just suggesting other possibilities.

posted on Jul, 12 2014 @ 12:11 AM
a reply to: Rezlooper

The morning Geyser started erupting again in 2012 after 18 years of inactivity so perhaps just mixed up his geysers with another that has just started erupting.

posted on Jul, 12 2014 @ 12:21 AM
a reply to: glend


North of the prolific Old Faithful, and across the Firehole River, sits the geyser know as Giantess. You’ve probably never heard of the Giantess because for the last 2 years and 139 days – until January 29, 2014 that is – the geyser was dormant. So imagine the National Park Service’s surprise when on the 29th this very large and very noisy geyser erupted and stayed active for over 40 hours.

edit on 12 7 2014 by glend because: (no reason given)

posted on Jul, 12 2014 @ 01:06 AM
Odd... A few hours ago, I was looking at some strange anomalies from earlier today on the University of Utah webicorder displays.
Now when I go to check them out again, every webicorder display for today is blank.
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