Flooding and swarm of earthquakes hit Yellowstone

A road partially collapsed into a fast-flowing river. It is unclear when the park will re-open after entrances were closed this week. NPS/YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Important Takeaways:

  • Earthquake Swarm Hits Yellowstone As Unprecedented Floods Close Park
  • Data from the University of Utah’s seismograph stations show that dozens of quakes up to a magnitude of about 2.4 hit an area around Grizzly Lake throughout the day and at various depths.
  • On average, Yellowstone is hit by between 1,500 and 2,500 earthquakes every year.
  • The phenomenon is related to the transport of volcanic fluids and the resulting changes of pressures in the Earth’s crust.
  • According to Al Jazeera, this is the first time all entrances to Yellowstone National Park have been closed to the public in 34 years.

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