Yellowstone: USGS Experiment Induces Flock of Earthquakes in Volatile Supervolcano Science | news


The volatile Yellowstone Supervolcano was shaken by a swarm of 91 earthquakes in just 24 hours this week. In this context, the Yellowstone volcano was shaken by a total of 82 earthquakes in the whole month of August. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the herd of lakes – but claimed that most of them were purpose-driven by scientists themselves.

In a shocking twist, Michael Poland, the scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcanic Observatory, announced that a ‘seismic vibrator’ was used to trigger the earthquakes.

The so-called “vibrosis,” or ‘seismic vibrator,’ is a truck-mounted device capable of injecting low-frequency vibrations deep into the earth.

Dr. Poland confirmed that the USGS had deployed this machine as part of an experiment to induce herds of lakes in the area.

This test, conducted by the University of Utah and the University of New Mexico, was intended to create images of the Magma Chamber of Yellowstone – the so-called “supervolcanoe”.

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The amount of earthquake in the volatile region, which is considered overdue for the eruption, is a concern among observers.

A Yellowstone enthusiast, who runs the YouTube channel MrMBB333, said that the quake had ripped the area “for hours”.

He said: “Some of these earthquakes were just 0.7 miles deep, so it is very close to the surface.

“There’s loads of activity across Yellowstone. I haven’t seen Yellowstone Supervolcano busy for a long time.”

Others simply commented: “Don’t play with Mother Nature.”

Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active areas in the US.

Dr Poland said: “This group of quacks is large in terms of number and magnitude, but nowhere is the largest.”

According to the USGS, the park typically experiences an average of 1,500 to 2,000 earthquakes per year.