The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has provided its monthly update on the Yellowstone volcano and 207 earthquakes were registered in the area, which is quite an increase from July when there were only 99 earthquakes.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, it’s claimed that oil fracking could induce earthquakes, and Oklahoma has seen a veritable spike in seismicity in recent times. So we asked several scientists whether or not it’s possible that earthquakes induced by U.S. oil fracking could affect the Yellowstone supervolcano. But it turns out that an alternative energy company is already hydro fracking a dormant volcano out west in hopes of siphoning off some of that geothermal energy being produced in mass quantities.
Ever since the Yellowstone supervolcano became popular, the USGS has begun responding directly to any major news stories about alleged volcanic eruptions or any information that might cause the public to have irrational panic.
“The likelihood of a volcanic supereruption from Yellowstone, or any other location on Earth, remains very low in any given year, yet the U.S. Geological Survey is frequently asked about the likely thickness and distribution of ash deposits if Yellowstone were to erupt,” the USGS website said. “First, everyone should know that geological activity, including earthquakes and ground uplift/subsidence is well within historical norms and seismicity is actually a bit low at present. Concern over road closures is much overblown. There’s been one road closure of a small side road – just over three miles long – that was closed for two days. As one can imagine, it is not easy to maintain roads that pass over thermal areas where ground temperatures can approach those of boiling water. Roads at Yellowstone often need repair because of damage by thermal features as well as extreme cold winter conditions…. No volcanologists have stated that Yellowstone is likely to erupt this week, this month or this year.”
Just this past week, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations reported the number and severity of the earthquakes in the Yellowstone National Park region.
“The largest series of earthquakes (74 ranging in magnitude from -0.9 to 2.0) occurred August 18 – 21, just outside of YNP, about 6 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT. A small series of 34 earthquakes (magnitudes -0.1 – 1.5) occurred on August 15 – 22, located about 6 miles south southwest of Lake, YNP. On August 16 a small series of 11 earthquakes (magnitudes 0.6 – 2.1) occurred about 1.6 miles south southwest of West Thumb, YNP.”
Scientists have been using earthquake data like this in order to determine the location of the Yellowstone supervolcano eruption if it were to ever blow. The biggest Yellowstone earthquake in recent times occurred in March of 2014 and was measured as a 4.8 magnitude. But in July the largest earthquake was measured by the Yellowstone Seismic Network as a 2.5 magnitude and the biggest in August was only a 2.2 magnitude.