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Is Yellowstone about to blow?

I was twelve years old when I visited Yellowstone National Park for the first time.  The day we arrived it was rainy and gloomy and our first stop was a place called Hebgen Lake.  In 1959 at Hebgen Lake a earthquake struck and killed 29 people.  I can vividly remember my visit that day, especially how the dreary weather gave an ominious sense of dread.  I bought a book written about the killer quake later that day in the park and read it over the length of my trip.  Fast forward a few years to another visit to Montana.  I was awakened in the middle of the night to the house shaking and dishes rattling in the cabinet.  A quake had struck near Ennis, Montana that night.  The quakes I’ve felt have been minor but major enough for me to realize I don’t want to live in quake country.

Yellowstone is known as a super volcano.  We joke every time we visit that we hope it doesn’t blow while we are there.  Seriously, the park is a constant study by scientists due to the caldera it sets upon.  Just seems everytime seismic activity picks up in the park so does the media sensationalism!

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“A recent swarm of more than 400 earthquakes in and near Yellowstone National Park has caused some people to worry that Yellowstone could soon be lost to a blaze of molten rock and ash from a super volcano.”

“In the past seven days seismologists have recorded 477 seismic events in an area east of Hebgen Lake. Several of the events were earthquakes that measured over a magnitude of 2, the strongest occurring around 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, with a magnitude of 4.4.”

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