A pair of strong earthquakes hit California last week, leading to an increase in internet searches related to the Yellowstone volcano and caldera. The two earthquakes, which took place on 4 and 5 July, reached a magnitude of 6.4 and 7.2 on the Richter scale. Their impressive shocks sparked fears among the population as some fear that a strong earthquake could lead to a Yellowstone eruption.
This is not the case, according to the USGS. An article shared by a reliable source and written by expert researchers explains the connection between volcanic activity and earthquakes, while also mentioning that the earthquakes in California will not lead to an unexpected eruption.
It is essential to keep in mind the fact that powerful earthquakes tent to appear quite often on the West Coast. A large number of fault lines, which are cracks in the crust of the Earth that may trigger an earthquake when they move, are spread across the region.
Recent California earthquakes awake fear of Yellowstone eruption
In the last 119 years, almost one hundred earthquakes reached a magnitude greater than M6 while nine went beyond M6. Most of them took place in California, but some of them were recorded in places like Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Montana, or Wyoming. By observing the statistics, it can be estimated that 10 M7+ earthquakes could take place over 100 years on the western side of the U.S.
The most recent Yellowstone eruption took place almost 70,000 years ago. Within this timeframe, over 7,000 numbers may have taken place, but none of them led to an eruption. It is also thought the distance between an earthquake and Yellowstone is irrelevant since repercussions didn’t follow a 7.3 earthquake which took place on the Montana-Idaho border in 1959.
The USGS has also noted that the appearance of volcanic eruptions could be a higher risk for the state of California than earthquakes since there are other volcanoes spread across the state.
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