A YouTube video has surfaced, which allegedly shows a UFO flying over the Yellowstone volcano, in Wyoming.
The low-quality video is about 3 minutes in length and appears to show a metallic object flying in the sky. A circular bright light emerges from the object for a few seconds and then speeds off quickly into the distance, out of frame.
The video was originally taken on June 9, according to Fox News, but it was only recently shared on YouTube.
Upon further inspection, the description of the video notes that no witness report was available.
The full video can be seen below.
Comments under the video complained about the quality of the film.
“Why are all UFO videos in bad quality?” one person wrote.
“Web cam taking a picture every few seconds (or minutes), so naturally is highly inconclusive” another wrote. “And no witnesses during that great weather? Hard to believe.”
The Yellowstone area has often had reports of alien sightings. According to the National UFO Reporting Center, there have been hundreds of reported sightings in the state, dating back all the way back to 1871.
Recently the volcano had been hit by a swarm of earthquakes, but this is not uncommon.
The cluster of earthquakes at the Yellowstone Park volcano is the most active it’s been in recent history. The earthquake count is up to 2,357 since June. The largest was a magnitude 4.4. The majority of the earthquakes were magnitudes of 0 or 1, as Newsweek reported.
Swarms of earthquakes do not necessarily reflect a forthcoming eruption. Yellowstone experiences thousands of eathquakes a year. The type of earthquake swarms that are occurring at Yellowstone are different from a regular earthquake, that indeed may signal an approaching eruption.
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An earthquake swarm is more irregular. The series of earthquakes and aftershocks is less sequential and more random than those for a regular earthquake. Swarms occur when earthquakes occur irregularly, but with numerous occurring over a timeframe of weeks or months.
The current swarm is approaching the record set in 1985, when three months brought over 3,000 earthquakes. In 2010 a swarm brought over 2,000 earthquakes over a month.
The current situation doesn’t present too much of an eruption threat. The geological pressure would have to be sizable for anything to occur. “Yellowstone has had dozens of these sorts of earthquake swarms in the last 150 years it’s been visited. The last volcanic eruption within the caldera [crater] was 70,000 years ago. For magma to reach the surface, a new vent needs to be created, which requires a lot of intense geological activity,” said Jacob Lowenstern, one of the scientists managing the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, via Newsweek.
Despite the activity, the U.S. Geological Survey has the volcano alert level at normal. It is impossible to predict when exactly a volcano will erupt. Scientists said the chances are one in 730,000 for Yellowstone over the next year.