Yellowstone volcano: activity updates
Yellowstone volcano (Wyoming): status remains "green" (normal activity)
The activity at the caldera (seismicity, deformation, degassing etc) remains at normal levels. Despite continuing rumors and fear-mongering media (unsupported by facts), there is currently no sign to believe that the so-called "supervolcano" is about to erupt violently anytime soon.
Sat, 4 Jun 2016, 09:3209:32 AM | BY: T
The USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) who monitors the caldera's seismic activity, its ground deformation and other geophysical parameters very closely maintains therefore Yellowstone's current status level at "green" = "normal" - actually, the most typical state of any of the world's thousands of active volcanoes.
Yellowstone's current observed activity underground and at the surface (mostly hydrothermal in nature, e.g. its hot mineral springs and geysers) falls well within this normal activity state and should not be sign of worry.
Info abbreviated from the latest monthly USGS/YVO report:
"During May 2016, the Yellowstone Seismic Network recorded 72 earthquakes with the largest being a tiny 2.5 earthquake on 27 May. No earthquake swarms were detected. Overall, seismic activity during May was at low background levels.
"Uplift at the Norris GPS station, which began in early 2016, continues at a rate of ~5 cm/yr. The pattern of ground deformation resembles that observed from late 2013 through early 2014, although the present uplift rate is less than half of what it was before. Caldera GPS stations continue to record slow subsidence at a rate of ~1.5 cm/yr.
Current deformation patterns at Yellowstone remain within historical norms."
Mon, 31 Mar 2014, 17:57
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake at shallow 7 km depth occurred yesterday morning with an epicenter located 4 miles north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. It was the largest quake since 1980 and occurred near the center of a region of recent ground uplift. ... read all
Fri, 2 Aug 2013, 10:43
The famous Steamboat Geyser erupted again during the past night breaking a 8 years period of dormancy. Known as the currently largest geyser in the world, its jets are known to reach up to 90 m height. read all
Fri, 4 Jan 2013, 07:18
Yellowstone caldera volcano (Wyoming, USA): monthly update - slight increase in earthquake swarms, deflation
During the month of December 2012, the University of Utah reports 101 earthquakes were located in the Yellowstone National Park region with a notable increase of earthquake swarms. ... read all
Fri, 2 Nov 2012, 08:42
Yellowstone caldera volcano (Wyoming, USA): elevated seismic activity, but within normal activity range
Yellowstone earthquake activity remains at background levels. ... read all
Sun, 7 Oct 2012, 10:05
A small earthquake swarm occurred under the Yellowstone caldera. The quakes are few and very small and no indicator of an impending eruption. It completely falls under what is normal behavior of an active caldera. ... read all