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Nearly 900 earthquake events recorded in Yellowstone ‘swarm’

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Seismologists are monitoring an earthquake “swarm” in Yellowstone National Park. While experts say the Yellowstone supervolcano isn't erupting any time soon, nearly 900 earthquake events have been recorded in just two weeks. Should we be worried? Doc Thompson and the guys had the story on Wednesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”

From June 12 to Monday of this week, 878 earthquake events have been recorded, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations said in a Tuesday release.

One week into the earthquake swarm, the United States Geological Survey said that 464 earthquakes were recorded at Yellowstone in the span of a week, the highest number recorded in the same week in half a decade. USGS said at the time that the activity was “slowly winding down,” and the volcano alert level for the area is listed at normal, Newsweek reported.

The USGS puts the chances of a Yellowstone volcanic eruption at 1 in 730,000. If it did erupt, ash could be spread over a 500-mile radius, an estimation based on the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980.

“I predict Yellowstone will blow up before Republicans pass health care,” Kal Elsebai joked.

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