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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Are the Animals Really Fleeing An Imminent Supervolcano Eruption?

A beautiful geyser in Yellowstone National Park;
not a volcano. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo Courtesy of Mike Borgreen / USFWS

In the video that is going viral across Facebook and many other platforms, bison are seen fleeing from Yellowstone Park. The claim is that the bison are fleeing from the park before a super volcano erupts, wiping them out; is this true????

Nope! This is false information. According to many different reputable news sources, there is not an "imminent eruption". At all. However, there was a fairly hefty 4.8 earthquake on March 30th, 

which is believed to be the reasoning behind the virility of the video.
In my opinion, this was all released to cause a big scare, while gaining many views for that video. It has been said that the bison were also running TOWARDS the park rather than away from it; a bit ironic, isn't it?

However, the earthquakes that have been occurring at the park are more than normal. This chart demonstrates the relation between normal uplift and earthquake activity, courtesy of the USGS. For more information regarding this increase in earthquake activity within Yellowstone National Park, you can visit the USGS Official Website for the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

Cumulative earthquake counts (provided by the University of Utah) located in region north of the Caldera, centered near Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, from April 1994 to April 2014.
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Photo Courtesy of the USGS, Link in above text.

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