Yellowstone National Park has been caught in the attention of researchers. The scientists are observing the increased seismic activity of the territory. Over the course of twenty-four hours, earthquakes constantly occur here; twelve are recorded in a day. That was officially reported by the US Geological Survey, where the experts noted the increased activity of the earth layers since last Friday.
In the western part of the park, where Montana is located, eleven earthquakes have been recorded. The strongest of them had an amplitude of 3.1. Idaho specialized earthquake monitoring services report that there were 34 low-amplitude earthquakes in the state over the past months.
Their strength ranged from 1.6 to 3.1, the earthquakes occurred at a depth of 4.8 kilometers. Tremors are not unusual for that area. Yellowstone National Park is considered one of the most seismically active places in the United States. During the year, about 700–3000 earthquakes are recorded there, which are recorded in observations of tremors.
As a rule, they all occur in clusters. The highest activity was recorded in 1985. Then for three months in the north-western part of the park more than three thousand earthquakes were registered.
The scientists’ special attention is focused on the supervolcano, that is located in the park. Many researchers believe that a powerful eruption of that supervolcano will occur soon enough. The last time the eruption occurred was 174 thousand years ago.
The likelihood that another eruption may occur in the next century is extremely small. Nevertheless, the science believes that if it does, then its strength may be equal to a thousand atomic bombs. The eruption of a supervolcano will bring huge destruction to the planet.