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Yellowstone 3X larger than thought, quake uptick, bison leaving: Worried?

Should we be concerned about bison and other animals leaving Yellowstone? You bet! Area residents say they have never seen anything like this (bison leaving) in the past, and some of them have lived in the area for more than 50 years.

Seismometer reading inside a borehole at Yellowstone National Park;  staggering amount of underground activity near Yellowstone Lake
Seismometer reading inside a borehole at Yellowstone National Park; staggering amount of underground activity near Yellowstone Lake
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Yellowstone Supervolcano: Should the world be worried?
Yellowstone Supervolcano: Should the world be worried?
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Even though the National Park Service officials say "don't worry," the US Geological Survey (USGS) has been installing lots of additional seismometers in the western regions of Yellowstone's magma chambers to monitor the rapidly unfolding events.

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Is the USGS once again withholding seismic data from the public? Do the bison and other animals in Yellowstone know something the USGS won’t tell us?

It was previously thought that about 96% of the Yellowstone supervolcano was located in Wyoming, with 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho. However, in early Dec 2013, at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, scientists from the University of Utah and Swiss Seismological Service in Zurich reported the magma chamber was nearly three times larger than originally believed, extending across Idaho, almost to the Oregon border. Of late, Idaho has been rattled by hundreds of "unusual" earthquakes.

Do animals like bison have a "sixth sense" that helps them to escape natural disasters?

Animals, unlike most humans, listen to and act on their “sixth sense” whisperings. As a result, they are often spared the devastation wreaked on humans by unexpected catastrophes. Do animals sense and react to impending disaster by moving to safe locations? It would seem so. You be the judge of that.

On Dec 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the Indian Ocean created a tsunami that claimed hundreds of thousands of human lives. But, amongst all that destruction, no mass animal deaths were reported. Along India's Cuddalore coast, thousands of people perished, while buffalo, goats, and dogs were found unharmed.

Tectonic plate movement caused by an intensifying earth wobble is rearing it's ugly head in a myriad of ways:

  • Yesterday, Apr 23, a small town in Wyoming had to be evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub. The explosion rocked a Williams Companies gas-processing plant in Opal. Gas comes to the processing plant from Williams gathering system, a network of 3,500 miles of pipelines that collect gas produced in the region. The explosion marked the second safety incident for Williams Companies in just the last few weeks. On March 31, another horrendous explosion occurred at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility near Plymouth, Washington.

Talk about ticking time bombs.

  • On Feb 1, around noon, a seismometer inside a borehole at Yellowstone began reporting a staggering amount of underground activity near the southwest corner of Yellowstone Lake, which is pretty much the center of the Yellowstone caldera. This seismic activity continued, non-stop all day, getting worse over time. Readings from the seismometer inside Bore Hole B944 were "literally" off-the-scale (see printout in slideshow). According to USGS, 20 minor earthquakes preceded these unusual seismic readings.
  • Also in Feb, a 4.8 quake, the largest since 1980, rattled the park near the Montana-Wyoming border. Peter Cervelli, a USGS spokesperson for Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, said this earthquake was centered almost in the very middle of Yellowstone National Park, near the Norris Basin. At the time, this 4.8 quake was only the strongest of almost 30 earthquakes that struck in the Yellowstone area in just a few days.
  • In April, hundreds of quakes have rattled Idaho resident’s nerves over the past few weeks.

Listening to the words of so-called "experts" who say "Oh, there's nothing to be worried about" as the world falls apart around you, may not be a good idea. Perhaps a better idea would be to listen to that little nagging inner voice that whispers "something's not quite right with this situation."

Paying close attention to your own "sixth sense" may well put you well on the road to a fail-safe early warning system, which could save your life in a disaster.

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What do you think is happening at Yellowstone supervolcano? Should be concerned?