Yellowstone began to erupt more often, and the caldera still settles

(ORDO NEWS) — The Yellowstone Volcanic Observatory published a report last month on the official website of the US Geological Survey. Experts note that the caldera continues to actively subside, and one of the largest geysers, Steamboat, does not stop erupting.

The observatory notes that at the moment the hazard level is at the “normal” mark. This means that so far there is no reason to panic. In June 2020, a geyser erupted every few days 6 times. Compared with past indicators, such eruptions for the geyser are too frequent.

In addition, last month, specialists managed to record 102 earthquakes in the area of ​​a supervolcano. The strongest shocks reached 2.8 points. The epicenter of the earthquake was not far from the Mammoth Hot Springs. This event was recorded on June 5 at 7 pm.

In June, a series of 17 weak earthquakes occurred in Yellowstone. Shocks were recorded for three days – from June 12 to 15. The strength of the shocks was in the range of 0.4-2.8 points. The strongest of these earthquakes occurred on the night of June 14th. It is worth noting that at the moment, experts note that the seismic activity of the Yellowstone supervolcano is at the background level.

The experts are worried that the caldera of the supervolcano continues to settle quite actively. The process began back in 2015 and since then the caldera has been falling by 3 centimeters every year.

So far, experts do not raise a panic and continue to monitor what is happening. They assured that if any serious changes were recorded, they would be immediately reported.


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