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Hundreds of Quakes Are Rattling Yellowstone

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avatar Hundreds of Quakes Are Rattling Yellowstone
January 31, 2010 09:33PM
In the last two weeks, more than 100 mostly tiny earthquakes a day, on average, have rattled a remote area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, putting scientists who monitor the park’s strange and volatile geology on alert.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/01/science/01yellowstone.html?src=twt&twt=nytimesscience
avatar Re: Hundreds of Quakes Are Rattling Yellowstone
January 31, 2010 10:32PM
Reasonable or not, it seems reassuring that there are small tremors rather than fewer but larger events. Geologists on the Geyser-gazer list seem to think that this sort of activity is shifting of magma rather than tectonic movement along fault lines, if I recall the discussion of a similar situation last year. The cataclysmic event implied in the article was not "tens" of thousands, but "hundreds" of thousands of years ago probably. About "tens" of thousands of years ago, Yellowstone was covered with glacial ice, most likely.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/31/2010 10:37PM by Frank Furter.
avatar Re: Hundreds of Quakes Are Rattling Yellowstone
January 31, 2010 10:35PM
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Frank Furter
Reasonable or not, it seems reassuring that there are small tremors rather than fewer but larger events. Geologists on the Geyser-gazer list seem to think that this sort of activity is shifting of magma rather than tectonic movement along fault lines, if I recall the response to a similar situation last year.

I suspect the "tectonic movement along fault lines" line is mostly to reassure.
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