Earthquake swarm hits Yellowstone park
Earthquake swarm hits Yellowstone park

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit around Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Wyoming, reports have indicated.

Specifically, The Associated Press is reporting that a swarm of earthquakes struck the northwestern portion of the park, northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana. 

About 30 earthquakes struck the region starting on Monday. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck Thursday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The West Yellowstone Police Department added that the earthquake was felt in a nearby town.

The gorgeous colors of Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic hot spring are among the park's myriad hydrothermal features created by the fact that Yellowstone is a supervolcano – the largest type of volcano on Earth. A new University of Utah study reports discovery of a huge magma reservoir beneath Yellowstone's previously known magma chamber. That doesn't increase the risk of an eruption, but means scientists are getting a better view of Yellowstone's volcanic plumbing system. (
The gorgeous colors of Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic hot spring are among the park’s myriad hydrothermal features created by the fact that Yellowstone is a supervolcano – the largest type of volcano on Earth. A new University of Utah study reports discovery of a huge magma reservoir beneath Yellowstone’s previously known magma chamber. That doesn’t increase the risk of an eruption, but means scientists are getting a better view of Yellowstone’s volcanic plumbing system. (“Windows into the Earth,” Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel)

There were no reports of damage, according to AP.

According to the USGS, “Approximately thirty earthquakes of magnitude 2 and larger and four earthquakes of magnitude 3 and larger, including today’s magnitude 4.5 event.” It’s the largest quake in the area since March 30, 2014, when a 4.8-magnitude quake hit.

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