A 2.6 magnitude earthquake with its epicenter about 5.5 miles from Yellowston shook Idaho on Tuesday afternoon. A more significant 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook a region in Idaho about 300 miles away at around 5:00 PM. Weather.com reported that this might have been the second-strongest earthquake in Idaho on record. The tremor was felt all across the Pacific Northwest and parts of Canada and some damage was reported. About 30 minutes after the main quake, a 4.8 magnitude aftershock was reported to the southeast. There were more than a half-dozen aftershocks in the hours following the main quake.
Many residents, emotionally challenged from the ongoing pandemic, reacted strongly to the earth moving under their feet. Katy Moeller, a resident of Boise, tweeted out her frustration in a semi-humorous post.
I’m still shaking – trembling, I guess. So focused on just surviving a pandemic, never would occur to me that we’d be hit with an earthquake. 😬
Fun times in Boise. pic.twitter.com/W4bpGcP7ZJ
— Katy Moeller (@KatyMoeller) April 1, 2020
In addition to being confined to their shaking homes due to health restrictions, northwest Idaho was coping with a late-season snowfall that left many feeling even further from springtime and sunshine.
WOW! Marble sized hail and frequent lightning. This is awesome. SFU. #ShareYourWeather #bcstorm @ensembleator @50ShadesofVan @weathernetwork @KGordonGlobalBC @NEWS1130Weather pic.twitter.com/B6wM3gKGml
— Brad Atchison (@Brad604) April 1, 2020
At least one resident was feeling “tested by the universe.”
— Breathe (@sunvalleygirl) April 1, 2020
To make matters even worse, while the earth was shaking in nearby Idaho, hail, thunderstorms, and strong winds across the state border in Richland, Washington culminated in a rare tornado.
The Spokesman-Review, a local Washington State media, noted that some residents were feelin inundated by the multiple catastrophes and linking them, albeit in a humorous manner.
“Some jokesters on social media were calling it the coronado,” the Review reported. “because people spotted it as they were staying home in response to the new coronavirus pandemic.”
Some experts felt the need to pro-actively suppress any conjecture that earthquakes near the world’s most worrisome seismic hotspot.
Dr. Lucy Jones, a U.S. Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, tweeted out that the relatively large 6.5 magnitude quake was distant from the caldera and therefore not a cause for concern.
The Idaho quake is not Yellowstone. It is over 200 miles away. Eruptions only happen when the magma moves from a chamber to the surface – and the small shaking from a quake that far away doesn’t suddenly set all the magma moving.
— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) April 1, 2020
It should be noted that there have been eight earthquakes at Yellowstone in the last three days ranging in intensity from 1.5-2.9 magnitude. According to NPS.gov, Yellowstone is seismically active and has about 700 to 3,000 earthquakes a year, but most aren’t actually felt.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) agreed that the Idaho earthquake was not a cause for concern about a globe-threatening Yellowstone super-eruption. But the USGS gave a scientific reason that will probably be disconcerting to the average layman. The Idaho quake was too “big” to signal a Yellowstone eruption.
But the plume extends under Idaho pic.twitter.com/2sjKTlIZCS
— Underslinger (@DMeyertholen) April 1, 2020
The Yellowstone Caldera is listed as the most dangerous supervolcano in existence and as such, is the most monitored volcano in the world. It has erupted three times over the last 2 million years, most recently about 70,000 years ago. Yellowstone has produced three cataclysmic eruptions that scientists know of: at 2.08, 1.3, and 0.631 million years ago.
A Yellowstone super-eruption would disrupt electronics and endanger human health in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and affect other parts of the country. Moreover, a month-long super-eruption could affect the global climate for several years. The large spew of ash into the atmosphere would block out sunlight, resulting in an artificially long and intense winter worldwide, inhibiting agriculture and leading to global starvation.
This type of cataclysmic seismic activity is mentioned specifically by the prophets as an aspect of the End-of-Days process.
But Hashem God is the true God, He is the living God, and the everlasting King; at His wrath the earth trembleth, and the nations are not able to abide His indignation. Jeremiah 10:10
This multifaceted natural catastrophe scenario facing that region of the country conforms to the prophet description of the period preceding Messiah, which will serve as a process to purify the inhabitants of earth for the Messianic period to follow.
“And I will bring the third part through the fire and will refine them as silver is refined and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on My name and I will answer them; I will say: ‘It is My people’ and they shall say: ‘Hashem is my God.’” Zechariah 13:9
In 2017, increased seismic activity at Yellowstone generated a great deal of concern. More than 2,300 tremors were recorded between June and September, one of the largest earthquake swarms ever recorded at the site. Though geologists assured the public that the activity was normal, another series of quakes and unusual eruptions beginning in February, increased fears that the super-volcano was waking up. An investigation revealed magma filling up in the underneath chamber of the super-volcano. In July 2018, a massive, 100 foot-wide fissure opened up in the Grand Teton National Park near Yellowstone, further increasing fears.
While claiming there was no need to worry, scientists began working on a plan to prevent an eruption. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced in 2017 that it was working on plans to drill six miles down into the volcanically active region and pump water into the magma at high pressures. The project is massive, estimated to cost $3.46 billion, and admittedly risky. The project could make the cap over the magma chamber more brittle and prone to fracture. It might also trigger the release of volatile gases which would otherwise not be released.
If there is a cataclysmic eruption at Yellowstone, there may not be anyone there to witness the event. Yellowstone, the largest national park, is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.