Geothermal Activity At Yellowstone Is Melting Roads, Signaling Possible Super-Volcano Eruption
The Yellowstone National Park in the US sits on top of a super-volcano which has laid dormant for 640,000 years. When the last eruption occurred 640,000 years ago, it was reportedly a thousand times the size of the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. There have been signs in recent years that the volcano could be becoming active again. Just recently, photos were released by officials at the park, showing that geothermal heat from under the ground is actually melting the asphalt that runs through the park.
Park spokesman Dan Hottle told reporters this week that a 3-mile section of Firehole Lake Drive is now closed because the road has become a “hot soupy mess.”
“This road has had this particular issue in the past, but it doesn’t happen too often. But it’s hard to tell if a thermal area is hotter than normal because it’s always fluctuating here. Road closures are business as usual for us,” Hottle said.
Hottle also assured reporters that the super-volcano was not “ready to blow,” but how can he really know for sure?
In addition to the geothermal activity, the site has also show increased seismic activity in recent years.
A 4.8 earthquake hit the northern part of Yellowstone National Park in March of 2014, after a smaller series of shocks occurred throughout the region.
According to Yellowstone observatory, seismic activity is fairly common in this area, but the earthquakes usually aren’t this powerful. The observatory reported that 1 to 20 earthquakes occur every day, however, they are very weak, often measuring much less than magnitude 3.
The earthquake last year was the most powerful to hit the park since 1980.
Multiple reports have been released by scientists over the years, showing that an eruption of this volcano in modern times could be catastrophic for the entire United States.
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Some of last years posts
Right now, the ground underneath Yellowstone National Park is rising at a record rate. In fact, it is rising at the rate of about three inches per year. The reason why this is such a concern is because underneath the park sits the Yellowstone supervolcano – the largest volcano in North America. Scientists tell us that it is inevitable that it will erupt again one day, and when it does the devastation will be almost unimaginable. A full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would dump a 10 foot deep layer of volcanic ash up to 1,000 miles away, and it would render much of the United States uninhabitable. When most Americans think of Yellowstone, they tend to conjure up images of Yogi Bear and “Old Faithful”, but the truth is that sleeping underneath Yellowstone is a volcanic beast that could destroy our nation in a single day and now that beast is starting to wake up.
The Yellowstone supervolcano is so vast that it is hard to put it into words. According to the Daily Mail, the magma “hotspot” underneath Yellowstone is approximately 300 miles wide…
The Yellowstone Caldera is one of nature’s most awesome creations and sits atop North America’s largest volcanic field.
Its name means ‘cooking pot’ or ‘cauldron’ and it is formed when land collapses following a volcanic explosion.
In Yellowstone, some 400 miles beneath the Earth’s surface is a magma ‘hotspot’ which rises to 30 miles underground before spreading out over an area of 300 miles across.
Atop this, but still beneath the surface, sits the slumbering volcano.
When most Americans think of volcanic eruptions in the United States, they remember the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens back in 1980. But that eruption would not even be worth comparing to a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano.
And now the area around Yellowstone is becoming increasingly seismically active. In fact, Professor Bob Smith says that he has never seen anything like this in the 53 years that he has been watching Yellowstone…
Until recently, Bob Smith had never witnessed two simultaneous earthquake swarms in his 53 years of monitoring seismic activity in and around the Yellowstone Caldera.
Now, Smith, a University of Utah geophysics professor, has seen three swarms at once.
In September, 130 earthquakes hit Yellowstone over the course of a single week. This has got many Yellowstone observers extremely concerned…
Yellowstone’s recent earthquake swarms started on Sept. 10 and were shaking until about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16.
“A total of 130 earthquakes of magnitude 0.6 to 3.6 have occurred in these three areas, however, most have occurred in the Lower Geyser Basin,” a University of Utah statement said. “Notably much of seismicity in Yellowstone occurs as swarms.”
So what is the worst case scenario?
If you hear this one has gone off, hold back the next car payment. In fact Yellowstone was mentioned in the post below as what is transpiring in the Gulf of Mexico has the ability to severely affect it. The earth’s faults and magma tubes are intimately related and changes in one can influence others.
This is a story about 11 months old on happenings along the Madrid
Magnitude mb 4.8
Region YELLOWSTONE NAT. PARK, WYOMING
Date time 2014-03-30 12:34:42.0 UTC
Location 44.77 N ; 110.66 W
Depth 5 km