Don't panic, but there's just been an natural disaster near the Yellowstone supervolcano

Don't panic, but there's just been an natural disaster near the Yellowstone supervolcano

The Yellowstone Caldera supervolcano last erupted 70,000 years ago but a spike in seismic activity around the national park has unsettled nerves.

The USGS says the quakes occurred in a backcountry area of Yellowstone National Park, about 8 miles northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana.

This quake was the largest to have hit Yellowstone since March 30, 2014, when a magnitude 4.8 natural disaster was recorded 18 miles to the east, near the Norris Geyser Basin.

"The natural disaster was reported felt in the towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana, in Yellowstone National Park, and elsewhere in the surrounding region".

"[The 4.5] natural disaster is part of an energetic sequence of earthquakes in the same area that began on June 12", the statement continued.

The West Yellowstone area has been seeing a string of earthquakes over the last few days, including one that registered at 4.4. on the Richter Scale last week. The latest was recorded on Monday, June 19, with a magnitude 3 natural disaster striking 8.6 miles north northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana. At that time, 464 events had been recorded since June 12.

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As well as the magnitude four tremor, five in the magnitude three range, 57 in the magnitude two range, 238 in the magnitude one range, 157 in the magnitude zero range, and six with magnitudes of less than zero were also recorded. The quakes have ranged in depth from zero to 9 miles, relative to sea level.

The Yellowstone National Park sits on a supervolcano that is capable of causing widespread destruction across North America.

According to experts from the United States Geological Survey, it would take a series of intense earthquakes and ground uplift to get a mega-eruption started.

Seismic activity could be a sign of an impending eruption of the supervolcano, although this is now impossible to predict exactly. "Besides intense quake swarms (with many earthquakes above M4 or M5) we expect rapid and notable uplift around the caldera (possibly tens of inches per year)", YVO stated.

A total of 464 were recorded at the nature reserve which straddles the USA states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

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