Twitter came alive on Thursday morning, with news about a strong earthquake in Montana sending the word “earthquake” to Twitter’s list of trending words. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake happened in western Montana in the early morning hours of July 6, and with it being a shallow earthquake, plenty of people beyond the epicenter southeast of Lincoln felt the tremors as it rattled states near Montana and was felt as far away as Canada.
According to NPR, the Montana earthquake was the strongest one to hit the region in years, and the resulting shockwaves of the western Montana earthquake sent people to social media to publish reports about their dogs predicting the earthquake with odd behavior right before the quake struck. As folks publish tweets about initially being afraid that a ghost was shaking their beds, they are also publishing their fears about how Old Faithful might have been affected by the earthquake. Social media users wrote about Old Faithful erupting in Yellowstone National Park and fearing that Old Faithful’s hydrothermal features, powered by the Yellowstone supervolcano, would have a detrimental effect on the region.
As seen in tweets throughout this article, the deep reservoir of molten rock underneath Yellowstone’s supervolcano was part of the focus on the earthquake from folks concerned about a volcanic eruption.
With the earthquake being stronger than the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck in 2005, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was a temblor of note in Montana, especially due to Yellowstone National Park stretching into parts of Montana and sitting atop a volcanic hot spot.
As seen on the USGS website, at a minimum, there were 10 earthquakes or aftershocks and trembles felt in Montana from 12:30 a.m. to 1:31 a.m. on Thursday. However, with the epicenter being approximately 230 miles from Yellowstone National Park, fears about Yellowstone’s supervolcano were a natural concern.
According to the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, the volcano alert level is currently listed as normal, with big volcanic eruptions deemed not likely to strike in the next century or even the next 10 centuries. However, as reported by Uproxx, that logic hasn’t stopped folks from fearing the worst out of the Yellowstone Caldera in Yellowstone National Park and the dormant supervolcano that could become active and turn into a CGI-like disaster movie.
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