(NEW2017) A 4.5 magnitude EARTHQUAKE has struck Yellowstone, according to data from the US Geological Survey. Scientists said Thursday’s earthquake was part of a swarm of quakes hitting the area since Monday. The 4.5 is the largest earthquake to occur in Yellowstone National Park since March 30, 2014, when a magnitude 4.8 event occurred 29 km (18 miles to the east), near Norris Geyser Basin. The March 30, 2014 earthquake was the largest earthquake at Yellowstone since February 22, 1980.
The earthquake was reportedly felt in the towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana and elsewhere in the surrounding region. Scientist say "This earthquake is part of an energetic sequence of earthquakes in the same area that began on June 12. This sequence has included approximately thirty earthquakes of magnitude 2 and larger and four earthquakes of magnitude 3 and larger, including yesterday's magnitude 4.5 event."
In a press release issued 03:03 UTC on June 16, 2017, YVO reports that a light earthquake with recorded magnitude of 4.5 occurred at a depth of 9.4 km (5.8 miles) at 00:48 UTC on June 16 (18:48 MDT on June 15) in the Yellowstone National Park.
The Yellowstone volcano, located in the US state of Wyoming, is one of the most feared on the planet and described as a “ticking time bomb” – with various scientists claiming its eruption could be catastrophic.
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