Earthquake swarm in Yellowstone National Park

16 Jun 2017 – “As of 10 a.m. this morning we had located a total of 235 earthquakes in the area,” said Jamie Farrell, University of Utah research professor of seismology.

Recent Yellowstone Earthquakes as of 16 Jun 2017 – Courtesy University of Utah

Yellowstone gets about 1,500 to 2,000 earthquakes every year, so this activity is fairly normal, Farrell said.

As of Friday morning, his the University of Utah seismologists weren’t seeing anything volcanic in nature.

Molten lava lake – Courtesy Royal Holloway University of London

However, a recent article on revealed that a massive lake of molten carbon the size of Mexico lies beneath the super volcano, prompting at least one website to sound an alarm.

Subduction zone – Courtesy Columbia edu

The Forbes article goes on to describe how subduction could have created the lava lake (image above).

A Massive Lake Of Molten Carbon The Size Of Mexico Was Just Discovered Under The US

Yellowstone Super Volcano Being Monitored by NASA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy)

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine, Salvatore Del Prete and Steven Rowlandson for these links


“That ought to put the SO2 in the stratosphere,” says Steven. “Meanwhile at the YVO geoscientists and interested individuals are watching a quake swarm in progress located ESE of Hebgen Lake since June 12th. So far it is considered to be mostly tectonic but its proximity to the Yellowstone super volcano is interesting. There are other quake swarms recorded north of the caldera near Holmes Hill and Norris Junction. This raises the question, what is putting the pressure on the rocks causing them to crack? Tectonic forces or magmatic intrusion? Or a bit of both perhaps.”

16 thoughts on “Earthquake swarm in Yellowstone National Park”

  1. That can’t be right – there never were enough dinosaur fossils to make that much carbon.

    This is another Big Oil funded misdirection.

    • So are you a proponent of the the abiogenic theory of petroleum? Is it possible that petroleum is actually renewable? The CO2 in the atmosphere makes its way to depths in the earth’s mantle and combines with hydrogen at the right pressure to create petroleum. I think it’s possible. How ‘ bout you.

      • If hydro carbon rich sediments get too hot they get cooked into natural gas and hotter than that they get cooked into H2O, CO2 ect. Oil forms at 120F and gas at 160F.
        Dinosaurs really have nothing to do with the process.
        Crude – The Incredible Journey Of Oil – YouTube

  2. Molten Carbon? This I got to see.
    More likely molten magma with high levels of dissolved volcanic gases due to sediments and sea water being subducted long with the oceanic plate.

  3. Interestingly, plate tectonics is a “theory,” not a proven fact, just like every other theory that has been offered. I say this only for the purpose of pointing that the forces involved may have no “tectonic” proponent. There are competing, less well known theories regarding the sources of earthquakes. I tend to view activity around the volcano as probably more related to magmatic movement rather than the theorized plate movement that is hundreds of miles away. I have always had a problem with tectonics since I never could find a “source” of energy that could push a continent sideways, much less drive one continent under another.

    • The plate tectonics theory makes sense to me. However, in this case I think Yellowstone is a volcanic hot spot not connected to “normal” plate tectonics. I say “hot spot”, because it appears to have moved east over the coarse of millions of years.

      • One explanation I heard of in the series,” How the earth was
        made– America’s gold”, put forward the idea that the top layers of oceanic crust were stacked up vertically against the edge of the north american plate and this is responsible for the basin and range areas in the western united states. These stacked up rock layers would be full of faults and prone to movement, erosion and geothermal activity and it would be very easy for the layers to be penetrated by magmatic intrusion resulting in volcanic eruptions.
        Considering the fact that these folded and stacked rock formations are found in the Yellowstone park area one should not be surprised by tectonic quakes occurring along thrust faults. The big question to answer is what besides gravity is putting pressure on the rocks to cause slippage?
        One possibility is magma intrusion.

    • Another interesting theory is the Dr. Walter Brown “The Hydroplate Theory”. In perspective of the way it was written in Genesis.

  4. The “molten carbon” is in the form of limestone (CaCO3) which is being heat treated to form marble. Maybe in a few million years this will have reached the surface of the Earth and be part of someones kitchen worktop.

  5. “Yellowstone gets about 1,500 to 2,000 earthquakes every year, so this activity is fairly normal, Farrell said.”

    The above statement is attempting to downplay the current level of activity. Per, there are 1,000 to 3,000 earthquakes of all magnitudes in Yellowstone per year. The last 7 days per USGS
    There have been 345 earthquakes of all magnitudes in Yellowstone over the last seven days. If the activity of the last seven days were to continue for a year, this would have Yellowstone receiving 17,989 earthquakes of all magnitudes.

    I’m not predicting that Yellowstone is going to erupt anytime soon, just stating that the current activity seems in excess of the normal range

    • I would be a lot more worried about a seismic gap in this rea… than clusters of small to moderate earthquakes.

      (Seismic gaps being long periods where places that normally see seismic active don’t… which results in adding pressure to the system so then when there are earthquakes they can be huge.)

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