Yellowstone supervolcano eruption 2015: North America will be blanketed in a foot of ash, claim seismologists
There have been rumors of an imminent eruption of Yellowstone supervolcano around Yellowstone National Park. This is a thought that creates panic in the minds of not just officials but also the entire population of the area.
Merely a fortnight ago, the issue looked so serious and close that the officials started demanding evacuation of the Yellowstone National Park and stopped taking new visitors. But the panic subsided when it was realized that the data by the Yellowstone observatory was incorrect. But officials took sighs of relief only when they were hundred percent sure that they had got calculations wrong and that the relevant data was analyzed wrongly.
There is no denying the fact that the panic button that they were set to press was only natural due to the fact that the super volcano will bring unimaginable destruction in and around the Yellowstone National Park area.
While talking about the development, Lee Whittlesey, the Yellowstone National Park historian says that the data from Yellowstone observatory was not correct and that forthcoming doom being forecast was a sad case of public misinformation.
Nonetheless it is clear now that the Yellowstone supervolcano has become somewhat of a staple among the apocalypse-forecasting crowd. Recently, another publication indicated that a supervolcano eruption may be on the horizon as earthquake activity in the area began to pickup. The report claims that on May 18, 2015, two earthquakes struck the Wyoming and Idaho area right under the massive magma chamber of the Yellowstone supervolcano. The report indicates that the earthquakes were both in the 3.0M+ range and should be of a great concern.
But there are some reasons for the panic button being pressed. The University of Utah Seismograph Station shows that one earthquake measuring 3.0M was measured on May 18 and was at a depth of three miles. However, the university called the earthquake â€œminorâ€ and did not note any concern for the safety of the area.
USGS report says, â€œA minor earthquake occurred at 5:00:51 PM (MDT) on Monday, May 18, 2015. The magnitude 3.0 event occurred 57 km (36 miles) SSE of Gardiner, MT. The hypocentral depth is 5 km ( 3 miles).â€ The concern about supervolcano eruption is natural. There have been confirmed reports that the Yellowstone magma chamber is far bigger than previously thought. Researchers found that the magma chamber is big enough to fill the Grand Canyon 11.2 times and is just 12 to 28 miles below the surface.
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