Yellowstone National Park has been inundated by an unusually large earthquake swarm over the past five weeks, and tourists are definitely taking notice. In an average year, Yellowstone typically sees between 1,500 and 2,000 earthquakes throughout the iconic park. Since June 12, the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park has been hit by over 1,200 earthquakes – almost as many as the area’s annual average.
As Fox 13 Now reports, the nearly constant quaking (made up mostly of quakes smaller than 2.5 magnitude) has cause some potential visitors to the picturesque vacation spot to reconsider their travel plans. The reason? All of the stunning scenery and otherworldly thermal features that draw millions of tourists to Yellowstone every year are sitting on top of a massive and potentially catastrophic supervolcano.
According to researchers at the University of Utah, who have been monitoring the Yellowstone earthquake swarm with a goodly amount of interest, “a lot of calls” are coming in from apprehensive travelers concerned about their summer vacation plans.