A 3.1 magnitude earthquake was registered near the Old Faithful geyser. It occurred at 10:32 p.m. local time yesterday (Monday, 31 March). Seismologists referred to it as a “minor earthquake.” Earthquakes are a frequent occurrence at Yellowstone National Park but Sunday’s quake is the biggest recorded since February of 1980. On Sunday, a 4.8 earthquake shook Yellowstone. It was felt mildly by some and Reuters quoted a West Yellowstone police dispatcher as confirming items fell off shelves at the local grocery store. However, there were no reported injuries, confirmed Yellowstone’s Public Affairs Chief Al Nash.
For months now, geologists have been watching and tracking an area where an uplift has been noticed. The quake on Sunday did occur near this uplift and the increase in tectonic activity has gained the attention of scientists, preppers and the general public alike.
The Park is the oldest national park in America. It is an impressive land by any standard, something the three million annual visitors could attest to easily. Comprising almost 3,500 square miles, Yellowstone is physically in three states: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming! It is home to wildlife and geysers, like Old Faithful. It is also home to a supervolcano. The USGS – United States Geological Survey – defines a supervolcano as a volcano center having an eruption of magnitude 8 on the Volcano Explosivity Index (VEI).
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