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Yellowstone Shaken By Hundreds of Earthquakes

Scientists on alert after they record second-largest earthquake swarm

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For the last two weeks, an area in Yellowstone just beyond Old Faithful has experienced hundreds of tiny earthquakes (called a “swarm”) a day. That sounds scary: Should you panic and flee, just in case the Rocky Mountain west becomes a scene out of 2012?

Not exactly: While seismologists and park scientists are deadly curious about what the seismic activity means for Yellowstone’s unique geology, they don’t foresee any mass-scale eruptions on par with what the Discovery Channel’s been scaring us with for years.

This series of mini-quakes is the second-most ever recorded at the park (we reported on that back in the day).

Oh, goody. If you see the ground start to implode, try and radio me before the lava cascade hits your chopper. That way I can at least run around, yell, and wave my hands wildly in the air for a few minutes before Colorado becomes a molten sinkhole.

—Ted Alvarez

Hundreds of mostly tiny quakes are rattling Yellowstone ( NY Times)

Image Credit: Alaskan Dude