2012 and Yellowstone

2012: Fear over earthquake ‘swarm’ at Yellowstone National Park






Yellowstone National Park

(William Kronholm/AP)

Hundreds of earthquakes have hit Yellowstone National Park, raising fears of a more powerful volcanic eruption.

The earthquake swarm, the biggest in more than 20 years, is being closely monitored by scientists and emergency authorities.

The series of small quakes included three last Friday which measured stronger than magnitude 3.0. The strongest since this latest swarm of quakes began on December 27 was 3.9.

No damage has yet been reported but scientists say this level of activity – there have been more than 500 tremors in the last week – is highly unusual.

“The earthquake sequence is the most intense in this area for some years,” said the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Some of the larger earthquakes have been felt by park employees and guests, according to the observatory.

The swarm is occurring beneath the northern part of Yellowstone Lake in the park. Yellowstone sits on the caldera of an ancient supervolcano and continuing geothermal activity can be seen in the picturesque geysers and steam holes, such as Old Faithful.

About 1,000 to 2,000 tremors a year have been recorded since 2004. The most devastating earthquake in recent history in the Yellowstone region occurred on August 17, 1959, when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit.

It was centered near Hebgen Lake, Montana and it caused landslides that killed 28 people and caused more than $11 million in damage.

Geysers in Yellowstone National park changed eruption times, and new ones began to erupt. On June 30, 1975, a magnitude 6.4 tremor hit the park.

Professor Robert B. Smith, a geophysicist at the University of Utah and one of the leading experts on earthquake and volcanic activity at Yellowstone, said that the swarm was significant.

“It’s not business as usual,” he said. “This is a large earthquake swarm, and we’ve recorded several hundred. We are paying careful attention. This is an important sequence.”

The last full-scale explosion of the Yellowstone Supervolcano, the Lava Creek eruption which happened approximately 640,000 years ago, ejected about 240 cubic miles of rock and dust into the sky.

Geologists have been closely monitoring the rise and fall of the Yellowstone Plateau as an indication of changes in magma chamber pressure.

The Yellowstone caldera floor has risen recently – almost 3in per year for the past three years – a rate more than three times greater than ever observed since such measurements began in 1923.

From mid-summer 2004 through to mid-summer 2008, the land surface within the caldera moved upwards as much as 8in at the White Lake GPS station. The last major earthquake swarm was in 1985 and lasted three months.

The observatory said similar swarms have occurred in the past without triggering steam explosions or volcanic activity. However, the observatory said there is some potential for explosions and that earthquakes may continue and increase in intensity.

Joe Moore, director of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, said his office is tracking the events at Yellowstone on a minute-by-minute basis. “It’s being followed very closely,” Mr Moore said.

 

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  1. Jason April 10, 2009 4:27 pm #

    I feel so compelled to speak out about yellowstone. No one is connecting the pieces about what is about to happen and the government is not telling us the whole truths about Yellowstone and the activity in the park. For starters I need to go to Nostradamus and Century VI Quatrain 97
    At forty-five degrees the sky will burn, Fire to approach the great new city: In an instant a great scattered flame will leap up, When one will want to demand proof of the Normans.
    Now a bit of factual info on Yellowstone caldera that the news is/has failed to report. The second largest earth quake swarm to hit Yellowstone since recording had started was located underneath a huge bulge on the bottom of Yellowstone Lake. This bulge measures 2000ft long and rises more than 100 ft off the lake floor. In 1999 due to lake level changes and increases in ground temps around the lake surveys were conducted on the lake to find this very startling bulge. Yellowstone has been rising for quite some time, however, only recently have we been keeping track. The earliest ground surveys were conducted in the 1920′s. In the 1970′s ground surveys showed that a variance in excess of three feet was presenmt throughout the park. Since then the dome has continued to rise and only recently increased the rate. These combined amounts give more than a five foot rise in the caldera dome since initial recordings in 1920′s. The most troubling area of the caldera sits at 44.6 +\- 0.1 degree north. A catastrophic explosion at Yellowstone will give no previous warning. The column of magma, under such intense pressure, will reach the atmoshpere and then explode with more force than any explosion ever witnessed by man. Millions of people will be instantly killed by this explosion. Those that are not will be plagued by the massive earth quakes that will follow. California’s San Andreas Fault which runs into Yellowstone will be shifted giving California that “Big One” that they are expecting. The shift in the San Andreas fault will result in 10′s of millions of more deaths. The upper portion following the Denali fault line from Yellowstone to Alaska will shift killing millions in the northern regions. The entire US will be blanketed in a layer of ash anywhere from several feet in the midwest to a few inches on the East Coast. As we all know the US is the bread basket of the world. We supply billions of dollars of aid and millions of tons of food to the rest of the world. We also hold the peace throughout the world. Remove the US from the world and you have catastrophic global starvation. Plagues from all the dead will sweep the globe. Wars will break out everywhere from the lack of peace keepers. Back to the early chain of events from Yellowstone. La Palma island of the coast of North-west Africa due to the intense siesmic activity will continue its trek into the ocean resulting in the largest know tsunami ever. This tsunami will decimate the entire east coasts of north and South America stopping some twenty of so miles inland. the southern end of Europe is gone. Century X Quatrain 74
    The year of the great seventh number accomplished, It will appear at the time of the games of slaughter: Not far from the great millennial age, When the buried will go out from their tombs. and Century X Quatrain 72
    The year 1999, seventh month, From the sky will come a great King of Terror: To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols, Before and after Mars to reign by good luck. In my opinion these two are very closely related. Nostradamus gave us the starting point of revelations = the awakening of Gog. 1999 inverse 9111 or 9/11/01, seveth month in 1500′s was september (root of the word Sept = 7). Osama is the great king of Terror. This marked the start of Armageddon. Seven years of false peace. The year of the Great seventh number or the Seventh annivesary of 9/11 was last fall. Nostradamus
    leaves this blank only stating that IT will appear. now everyone is convinced that this IT has to be a comet. Why? This IT was the arrival of the White Horse. This marked the time when all of the World knew that the World Economy was in a very bad downward spiral. Last fall also marked the first time a dead pet was cloned / brought back from the dead.

  2. TOM RHODES April 27, 2009 9:26 am #

    I THINK THAT AS WE APPROACH DEC. 21, 2012 THAT WE WILL SEE A
    INCREASE OF VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS AROUND THE WORLD. DEC. 21, 2009
    TILL DEC. 21, 2012 WILL DRIVE MAGMA TO THE SURFACE AND THAT YELLOWSTONE WILL WRUPT ON THAT DATE. WE WILL SEE A INCREASE
    OF THIS BECAUSE GRAVITY WILL CAUSE THIS TO HAPPEN.

    WE WILL SEE A INCREASE OF ERUPTIONS FROM DEC. 21, 2009 TO THE END OF THE WORLD. AT LEAST 85% OF MANKIND WILL BE DESTROYED
    AS A RESULT OF THIS. NOSTRAUMID PREDICTS THE END OF THE WORLD
    3700 YEARS APPROX DATE.

    WE WILL SEE IF THIS COMES TRUE. I HAD A FEELING A YEAR BEFORE 2001 THAT WE WOULD SEE A MAJOR LOSS OF LIFE ON U.S. SOIL.
    THAT WAS IN AUGUST OF 2000. I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN. I CALLED
    MY BRO IN L.A. AT THE TIME AND TOLD HIM ABOUT THE SENSE OF THE LOSS OF LIFE ON U.S. SOIL IN AUG. 2000 THEN IT CAME TRUE.

    I ALSO TOLD DON SCHUMAN A FRIEND AT THE TIME ABOUT THIS FEELING IN AUG. 2000. HE SAID WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON THAT DATE. WELL IT CAME TRUE.

    A LITTLE FREAKY BUT TRUE.

    WE WILL SEE.

  3. Wayne June 9, 2009 2:16 am #

    I am so pissed! My birthday falls on December 23rd, so I will not get to celebrate on 2012 due to it being the end of the world. Well, no birthday party, so what’s new! Christ, the god’s certainly know how to stick it to me…

  4. Aldo Giovanni June 22, 2009 2:06 am #

    I have a much worst feeling about December 21, 2012. Its the time when our solar system’s planets align perfectly with the center of the Milky Way, also known as The Dark Rift. Our civilization as we know it will cease to exist and arise once again allowing our future another chance to redeem itself and treat our planet the way it should be treated. I agree with some of the comments I read on here about Yellowstone Park erupting. It has once before, many believe during the Dinosaur Age. If this Super Volcano does indeed erupt this wouldn’t mean death to America, it would cause a worldwide catastrophe. What I mean by that is, if the volcano were to erupt, the amount of Ash that will be emitted into the atmosphere would be as poisonous as the carbon dioxide we leave due to the burning of fossil fuels. This would cause the rain to be toxic, thus contaminating the crops, our soil, the rivers and all living animals including human beings. I’ve been binge drinking for about 6 months researching all the information on Super Volcanoes, 2012 Catastrophic Events, The Return of Planet X, The Galactic Alignment, The Return of The Mayans, The End of The World, and all sorts of Government conspiracies including Barrack Obama as The Antichrist, The Start of a NWO, & World War 3, Do Aliens Exist?

    If the end of the world is coming, there is nothing we can due to stop it in the time we have left. That’s just under 1200 days and counting… So, its no doubt that America has finally allowed an African American President to be elected. This was inevitable, it was bound to happen and they all know it. So why do they continue to ask for higher taxes and cut your social security? Because they are launching more missiles into space to try and find a solution, such as finding a habitable planet other than earth. Why else, other than curiosity, would world leading countries take an initiative into looking for life on another planet? It is because our rulers were given a message by prior leaders such as the Mayans and other ancient civilizations with the ingredient, if you will, to continue life. The United States, along with its Allies are planning to leave us here on this planet which has been marked for doom for over three thousand years (approx 3600). They will take with them, only those who can build the structures such as pyramids (buildings), where they can once again plan to start a civilization to screw and rule the planet all over again.

  5. David Nilsson September 2, 2009 9:10 am #

    do the dates of 640 thousand years match the last planet alignments like 2012?

  6. Kyle Messick October 13, 2009 5:27 pm #

    If the galactic alignment will be the cause of the earths destruction ( or at least a catastrophic event due to a super volcano or what have you ) then what event happened 26k years ago? What catastrophic even happened in 1998 when the galactic alignment actually happened. The alignment is an imaginary line that our earth passes and takes 36 years to pass through (1980-2016).

    If the galactic alignment were to cause a shift in polarity that could possibly cause a super volcano to erupt i would think that the masses would have brought this up in 1980 or at least in 1997 when Jean Meeus calculated when the earth was dead center with the galactic alignment. 2012 is another 1984 in my eyes.

    However i am concerned about the Yellowstone super volcano for when it erupts we will be in some ish that wont be so easy to get out of….and there is nothing we can really do about it is there?

  7. kaitlyn October 28, 2009 2:57 pm #

    I have been studying this topic ever since I had a dream a little while ago. In my dream the world end due to volcano eruptions. Now what freaked me out was this dream came out of nowhere. I was never thinking about the whole the worlds going to end or anything like that. That is the year I am suppose to graduate from High school and go to college; so maybe its a sign, who knows for sure. I personally don’t think the world is going to end but hey if it does it does.

  8. conner March 21, 2010 5:29 pm #

    2012 is just a load of bull crap, just because mayans and nostradamus said the world would end don’t mean it will because they said it would before and it didn’t so i suggest you all get a life and think about now more than the future, oh and p.s yellowstone caldera could send the earth into an ice age when it erupts in about 60,000 years or so.

  9. Chris April 24, 2010 2:42 pm #

    Well the mayan calendar ends on Dec 21, 2012 but that doesn’t mean anything. However, in the event that it does let’s have some fun and explore some possibilities.

    There’s a lot of hogwash stuff about galactic alignment and ‘signs’ of impending doom. Well first I would just like to say that sometimes people like to twist data and interperet it exactly they way they want to see it. Like connecting words in the bible to predict the twin towers at 9/11 … that’s a bunch of malarky if I ever heard any.

    Anyways lets get on with our fun or interesting stuff. So we live on earth on a relatively thin film of crust roughly (10 to 70 km thick) floating on magma which happens to be about 6300km thick. Now you see how miniscule we are on the surface of the earth. If we were to imagine this just imagine a piece of bubble wrap floating in a swimming pool and all the water underneath as hot magma just waiting for a hole to weaken and pop through.

    Well in Dec 2008 Jan2009 Yellowstone experienced an earthquake swarm of about 850 tremors, which is quite significant considering the area recieves about 2000 in a whole year. Now the following year Jan-Feb 2010 Yellowstone recieved another earthquake swarm of roughly 1800 tremors, almost as much as the whole park recieves in a whole year. So that’s a bit scarry, what else is interesting is that the amount of earthquake tremors are increasing and just happen to be around the December time frame. What’s also intersting to note is that these quakes are occurring at a depth of 10km right in the magma chamber that’s below yellowstone which happens to be about (10km by 20km by 40 km deep roughly) Now this would tell me that there is a fresh disturbance rising filling into the chamber. We’ll never really know.

    Now the ground level increasing would also point to this theory that the chamber is filling up, but a few inches per year is really not that much and quite miniscule considering the side Mount St. Helens bulged out tens of feet before it erupted.

    Getting to the Mayans now, they were good astronomers and they were good at understanding the earth however they were not around when yellowstone first erupted, in fact they weren’t even around 20,000 years ago when the last supervolcano in Toba indonesia erupted. It’s possible they had some mayan researchers who understood the rock formations and had some understanding of volcanic eruptions but it’s unlikely they ended their calender on a day of doom. It’s also unlikely that anything bad happened between the mayan ages (we’re apparantly going from the 4th age to the 5th or 5th to 6th I can’t remember) in any case you can’t print calenders forever you gotta stop somewhere.

    But a volcano (yellowstone) as an end scenario for Dec 21, 2012 is a much more likely possible scenario than some asteroid smashing into the earth. Although at any given time one could come smashing down, we’ll never know.

    So in closing the earthquake swarm tremors happening at yellowstone in the past 2 years right around December is very unusual. Could be nothing, but if it is we’ll be looking for ways to keep warm, all electricity would be knocked out and we would need to grow food and lots of it. Most livestock would be killed. It would be a tough time to say the least.

  10. Gord April 26, 2010 8:40 pm #

    2012…….awwww, so scary……The only thing that will happen on Dec. 21, 2012, is, we will wake up on Dec 22, 2012, go to work, pay our bills, etc., etc., etc….
    Give it all a break people……
    what a joke…………..

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