Seismic activity has been running high the last few weeks with numerous earthquakes reported over the western half of the United States. On Sunday Yellowstone national park became the focus for yet another event when a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck one of our countries largest national parks.
The magnitude 4.8 earthquake was the biggest recorded quake since February 1980 which is the strongest in 34 years!
The tremor rattled the border between Wyoming and Nevada, nearly in the center of the historic park, near the Norris Geyser Basin.
About 1000 to 3000 earthquakes strike Yellowstone each year, according to the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.
A U.S Geological Survey team have planned to tour around the Geyser to determine if the quake altered any of Yellowstone's geothermal features, such as geysers, mud pots, and hot springs.
Yellow stone national park sits above a super-volcano, or caldera, that lies beneath the surface of the park measuring 30 miles wide.
Scientists say the super volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park is due to erupt.
There's no way to determine precisely when the explosion will occur but scientists say the ground around the volcano has started to swell, indicating subterranean activity.
Scientists report that if the super volcano erupted it would decimate the United States with ash and affect the entire earth. Many people are concerned about seismic activity, suspecting the super volcano is due for an eruption. Peter Cervelli of The US Geological Survey says this particular rattle is nothing to worry about and the caldera is not about to erupt. The earthquake is interesting though because of the amount of time between the two strongest tremors. The data scientists will collect from the event will add to the insight of volcanoes and tectonics, he added. But this particular super volcano is still sleeping and should bring no concern.