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USGS: Yellowstone Volcano Misconceptions

Biscuit Basin eruption

Every few days we receive an email or tweet from someone warning us to prepare for the coming apocalypse, as they’re repeating one of the many Yellowstone volcano misconceptions floating around teh intraweb.

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Yellowstone Earthquake Risk: Slightly Higher, But Nothing’s Imminent

U.S. Geological Survey map

The caller from a Florida area code had a concern: He was calling Yellowstone Insider offices because he had read on the Internet the Yellowstone National Park volcano was going to blow and wanted to know if there was a date set yet for the event — he didn’t want to head out on vacation if the volcano had already ...

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Destination Yellowstone

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If you told your friends or family that you were going to spend some of your vacation in an active volcano, they might think you were crazy. Yet every year more than three million people do exactly that. Yellowstone National Park is a volcano. Almost everything that is special in Yellowstone is the result of being one of the world’s largest active volcanoes, in fact, a super-volcano. Fortunately, Yellowstone’s current volcanic activity is limited to hot water and earthquakes -- no eruptions, flowing magma, or cataclysmic explosions. Yellowstone did the cataclysmic explosion thing about 640,000 years ago and is resting for a possible encore in some more tens of thousands of years. Yellowstone the volcano is not going to erupt anytime soon.

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