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Yellowstone earthquake: Volcanic eruption not expected

Scientist says that biggest earthquake at Yellowstone National Park in decades doesn't mean park's super volcano is going to erupt anytime soon.
By Danielle Haynes   |   March 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM   |   Comments

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March 31 (UPI) -- A 4.8-magnitude earthquake shook Yellowstone National Park in Montana and Wyoming on Sunday, but scientists say there's no concern of the super volcano inside the park erupting.

The quake took place at about 6:34 a.m. local time with an epicenter about 23 miles east northeast of West Yellowstone, Mont., and a depth of 4.2 miles.

It was the largest earthquake at the national park since Feb. 22, 1980, but Peter Cervelli, a spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey's Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, said it's not an indicator that the Yellowstone Caldera will erupt anytime soon.

Smaller quakes in the 3-magnitude range were recorded in the region before and after the main event.

Cervelli said the earthquake's epicenter was near the Norris Geyser Basin. He said any damage from the tremblor would likely be minor, and there were few visitors at the park at the time.


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