Why Are Animals Fleeing Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

A YouTube clip of animals fleeing Yellowstone National Park has gone viral leaving and many people wondering why. Are the animals and are onto something humans are not? The truth is there is no simple answer to this question.

The earthquake was recorded at Yellowstone National Park on Sunday, March 30, registering at a magnitude of 4.8. There was no reported damage and park officials claim there is no need for alarm yet park official have been accused of not reporting smaller earthquakes near the volcano.

Yellowstone National Park is often depicted in the media as an area in which the famous geyser Old Faithful is located. A lesser known fact about Yellowstone is that it also houses the largest super volcano in North America. While United States Geological Survey website says there is currently no volcano threat, the earthquake that took place last Sunday was the largest recorded quake for that area in 34 years. The west coast in particular has been experiencing an increase in seismic activity. Some people believe the recent increase in seismic activity is due to the super volcano underneath the Yellowstone geyser aggravating faults below earth’s surface.

In 2013, the sleeping volcano was found to be 2.5 time larger than originally thought. If this volcano ever erupted, it would be a disaster for the United States. Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and a part of Northern California would be devastated by the blast. From ground zero, there would be total destruction in every direction for 100 miles and massive destruction in every direction for 500 miles. There would also be a mega ash cloud that would affect the entire earth.

No one can say for sure why animals are fleeing Yellowstone and panicked citizens can do nothing but speculate. Is it because of the quakes, or because they sense that the sleeping giant is about to awake? According to Dr. Michio Kaku, detecting the mega eruption is impossible and here is no early detection system in place at this time. Also according to the physicist, the volcano erupts every 600,000 years and so far it has been 640,000 years since the last eruption.

Currently, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has a volcano monitoring program in place to keep watch over the volcano, and while there is no advance warning system available there are systems in place to monitor any activity happening within the volcano in at all times.

Yellowstone officials say that the animal migrations are characteristic of typical migrations this time of year and that most of the recent videos of the animal leaving the area popping up all over the internet were filmed weeks before Sunday’s earthquake.

The University of Utah has a department devoted to seismic activity, and are also trying to calm fears about the super volcano. University correspondents say the activity in Yellowstone National Park has stayed around the same level for 30 years. Regardless of why animals have been recorded fleeing different areas in Yellowstone, it would seem that based on the evidence there are no sure signs of destruction.

Editorial by Sarah Wright

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory

21 Responses to "Why Are Animals Fleeing Yellowstone National Park"

  1. benevolent dictator   December 22, 2015 at 8:38 am

    There is evidence that animals can detect and respond to the electromagnetic waves created by the building compression in the area that the P-wave will emanate from. Carp are very sensitive while dogs and cats appear to only react to quakes that are 6 or greater on the Richter scale about 3 hours prior. The carp detect and respond to the building compression weeks in advance for quakes that later register only a 2 or 3.

  2. Mad American   September 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I’m sick of our government lying to our faces and telling us we have to believe them and like it. The outcome of this is obvious. We are not blind or stupid.

  3. Tinei   August 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Ok Ok we have all seen the movies and saw in history when animals start to behave strange that something is wrong danger is eminent. Are we really so naive to trust in these scientist who don’t know what they are doing. Oh it can erupt today or a million years from now really that is the crap they tell us an we believe them. I say prepare for the worst it is going to happen and maybe the animals know something we clearly are too dumb to see.

  4. marie   June 8, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I think the person who wrote this article needs to return to school and take English and grammer courses. Either that or you need a proof reader. Incredibly hard to read and understand.

  5. kat gwynn   May 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    what are all of the kinds of animals leaving yellow stone?

  6. michael   April 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    did animals flee yellowstone 34 years ago?

  7. kim   April 6, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Are the bison the only animals leaving?

  8. Lewis Back   April 5, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    The crust is nowhere near as thick as it is in the picture

  9. Dan Hammack   April 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I have no doubt they’re smarter than you. The animals are leaving because THEY’RE, smarter THAN us, smarter THAN our scientists, smarter THAN you. And then there is answered not ansewred. And, not an. Create, not creat. Doubt, not dout. Creatures, not creaters.

    • Rob   May 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

      .. not smarter.. have different senses.. much like cats and dogs they can feel vibrations from the earth that we cannot. through shoes or through bare feet.

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