Recently, Yellowstone has experienced a number of small earthquakes. And while that doesn’t call for concern alone, it is strange that the media remains silent regarding the events.
Yellowstone National Park is not just any basic national park. No, instead, lying beneath the wonderous geyser filled park is a massive amount of molten hot lava, just waiting to explode into Earth’s atmosphere. And while it hasn’t erupted in quite some time, a recent study found that magma chambers beneath the surface had more than doubled in size in many places.
The volcano itself has been dormant for some 70,000 years, and its chances of blowing are slim. But, the “partially molten reservoir” which is found beneath Earth’s crust has scientists concerned. If merely 1% of the CO2 in the magma chambers were released into the atmosphere, it would be the pollution equivalent to burning 2.3 trillion barrels of oil.
Earthquake Track shows that there have been 11 earthquakes in Wyoming, which is where the majority of Yellowstone National Park is located. And while those quakes have been a mere 1.5 magnitude, it still shows that the area continues to be seismically active.
Many have begun to speculate that the earthquakes could be a sign that the volcano is ready to erupt, and if that were true, at least 87,000 people along with 2/3 of the country would be gone. Not only that, but it could cause a catastrophic climate shift that would release massive amounts of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere.
Thankfully, however, scientists maintain that if the volcano did explode, that it should be a relatively small burst. Others aren’t convinced it would blow at all. Of course, there is no way to know for sure, but it appears that it would be worth being prepared for either way.