769 earthquakes were recorded at Yellowstone over the last two weeks, raising concerns among seismologists that a catastrophic eruption may be brewing, and could hit sooner rather than later.
One quake measured over four on the Richter scale, five measured in the magnitude three range, 64 in the magnitude two range, and the other 699 have been measured at magnitude one or less.
Researchers from the University of Utah at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO), said to the Star Valley Independent, “This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years,” adding, “Seismic activity at volcanoes can signal an eruption is due to take place, although predicting exactly when a volcano will erupt is, at present, impossible.”
Increased seismic activity is described explicitly in the prophets as accompanying the End-of-Days.
“I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone. I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying. I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away…” (Jeremiah 4:23-28)
Scientists insist the chances of a catastrophic eruption at the Yellowstone caldera is extremely unlikely, one in 730,000, though in an interview one and a half years ago, internationally renowned physicist Michio Kaku estimated that there is a ten percent chance of such a super-eruption taking place in the next century.
There have been three major eruptions Yellowstone in the last 2.1 million years, the last occurring 640,000 years ago. It is estimated that an eruption at Yellowstone today would be roughly 6,000 times as powerful as the one from Washington’s Mount St Helens in 1980 which killed 57 people and deposited ash in 11 different states and five Canadian provinces.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) produced a study in 2014, predicting that an eruption at Yellowstone would cover most of the US in a layer of ash with some areas being buried up to a meter deep.The ash is highly corrosive and would disrupt air travel. A similar situation arose as a result of the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, which shut down air travel in most of northern Europe for over a week.
The USGS commented on the recent Yellowstone activity in a press release.
“Yellowstone hasn’t erupted for 70,000 years, so it’s going to take some impressive earthquakes and ground uplift to get things started,” the statement said.