WYOMING –Every time things get to bumping in Yellowstone, folks talk about the big one.
“These earthquake swarms are a sign the super volcano is going to blow soon,” some say.
“These earthquake swarms are a sign the earth is venting and preventing the super volcano from blowing,” others claim.
But what does the science say?
Yellowstone is at it again. The latest earthquake swarm began in the Maple Creek area of the park on February 8. Seismicity rates and magnitudes increased markedly on February 15, and over the past few days things have really been jumping.
Mike Poland and Jamie Farrell do a fantastic job of explaining what might or might not be going on in Yellowstone in the latest edition of Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Poland is a USGS research geophysicist and YVO Scientist-in-Charge. Farrell is an assistant research professor with the University of Utah Seismograph Stations and YVO Chief Seismologist.