Yellowstone has now been hit by a record breaking ‘megaswarm’ of 1,200 earthquakes in just a MONTH

Friday, July 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

Since the swarm began on June 12, there have been a total of 1,284 quakes
They’ve continued to monitor its activity, and largest so far was magnitude 4.4
Still, experts say the risk of an eruption remains low, with alert level at normal

21 July 2017

Yellowstone National Park has been hit by more than 1,200 earthquakes in the span of just a month, seismologists say.

In the most recent update on the ongoing earthquake storm, which scientists have been monitoring since June 12, the researchers say there have been 1,284 events so far, with the largest being a magnitude 4.4

While the activity has spurred fears that the supervolcano could be gearing up to an eruption, the experts say the risk of such an event is low, and the alert level remains at ‘normal.’

The experts at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) have been tracking the current swarm on the western edge of Yellowstone since June 12.

Swarms of this kind are common in the area, they say, and make up roughly 50 percent of the seismic activity in the Yellowstone region.

‘The swarm consists of one earthquake in the magnitude 4 range, 7 earthquakes in the magnitude 3 range, 105 earthquakes in the magnitude 2 range, 407 earthquakes in the magnitude 1 range, 736 earthquakes in the magnitude 0 range, and 28 earthquakes with magnitudes of less than zero,’ according to UUSS.

‘These events have depths from ~0.0 km to ~14.0 km, relative to sea level.

‘At the time of this report, there were 125 felt reports for the M4.4 event that occurred on June 16, 2017 at 00:48:46.94 UTC (June 15, 2017 at 18:48:46.94 MDT).’

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