Teen Views: A look at current events
January 26, 2009
Is it possible that the super volcano is raising its sleepy head in Yellowstone National Park? The recent earthquakes that have stirred in Yellowstone are the first earthquake “swarm” since 1985. It all started on Dec. 26, and 500 tremors later the activity fell silent at the start of the New Year. Then, on Jan. 9, 10 more quakes occurred. The greatest magnitude was a 3 or above. A 3.5 magnitude quake is usually the smallest magnitude of earthquake that can be felt by humans.
Yellowstone is above one of Earth’s hotspots, which means reservoirs of magma are at shallow depths beneath the surface. This also means that the hotspot of Yellowstone is one of the largest volcanoes in the entire world. This hot-headed volcano has erupted three other times according to scientists ” 2.1 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago, and 640,000 years ago. By looking at the pattern of the previous eruptions scientists believe that if the super volcano were to erupt, a global disaster would follow. But to no avail, we can hide away hoping the day will not come.
This is just another thing we have absolutely no control over. It’s just a natural cycle.