Reportedly “droves” of animals, including herds of bison, have been fleeing from Yellowstone National Park, and bloggers have gotten readers riled up in suspicion that the animal exodus is a prediction of a volcanic eruption. A series of earthquakes ranging in extremity that trembled throughout the park over the past few weeks seem to have caused a bit of anxiety, and armchair theories are circulating disconcerting residents and tourists.
Despite officials’ statements that there continues to be no reason for concern, the threat of a catastrophic devastation unsurprisingly leaves some in the worry seat. Reasonably, one would think if earthquakes repeatedly hit a sensitive area, such as an area feared for its end-of-the-earth-sized sleeping super volcano, one would surmise the higher the predictability of an eruption. Pessimism could lead a theorizing individual to question authorities, fearing they are being kept in the dark on purpose. Imagine the clamor that would erupt if seismic officials actually reported that the super volcano was putting the country in a vulnerable position. Scientists have reported that if Yellowstone’s super volcano did erupt, it would decimate the United States, and the entire globe would be affected by ash and other fallout.
However, scientists wish to settle the suspicions and continue to claim they do not expect an eruption anytime soon, and the herds of bison that are supposedly fleeing Yellowstone are not harbingers of volcanic activity. A spokesman for the national park , Dan Hottle, says that in the following video which went viral earlier today, the bison were actually running into the park.
Hottle said within 15 minutes the bison could probably be seen running down his cul-de-sac. Despite blogger alarmists, Hottle seems to think this bison behavior appears rather typical and does not suspect the animals are “running for their lives.”
Last year, the super volcano was found to be 2.5 times bigger than previously recorded, and because the bubbly beast has not erupted in 640,000 years, many muse these are reasons enough to suspect a spewing forth is well at hand. Scientist’s says there is not enough data to hypothetically predict the next time Mr. Super will bubble up, but they content that they would be able to detect if magma was inching towards the Earth’s surface.
Since scientists have claimed that there is no way to predict what may awaken the sleeping giant within the park or when it could happen, some believe the animals’ suspected earthquake-based reactions should not be taken lightly. If their behavior is a signal, it is of the kind no one would want to ignore.
The Geological Survey has stated the recent seismic activity is “par for the course.” The area is no stranger to earthquakes, recording 1,000-3,000 hits per year. Also, the agency added the helium released in the area has “no implications about volcanic hazards.”
The University of Utah Seismograph Stations has also done their best to assuage suspicions. They claim there is no evidence to support the theory that there is an impending eruption. Since scientists began closely observing the geological movements within the park nearly 30 years ago, activity has remained “relatively constant.” The station claims an eruption is theoretically possible, but “it is very unlikely to occur in the next thousand or even 10,000 years.”
Hopefully, statements from volcanic activity professionals will help downplay the leading suspicions of an eruption in Yellowstone, and the fleeing bison and other wilderness animals will return to their general roam and play.
Opinion By Stacy Feder