More Unusual “Activity” at Yellowstone Super Volcano! Releasing Thousand More Times Of Helium Steam Than Anticipated

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February 19, 2014 — (TRN) — Some worrying developments are taking place at the Super Volcano located beneath Yellowstone National Park; the kind of developments that were seen shortly before other volcanoes erupted.  Not only was there a sudden rise in the elevation of the ground, and development of new cracks, but a gas called Helium-4, a very rare type of Helium, has begun coming out of the surface.  It is the presence of this gas that has scientists quite concerned.  If the Yellowstone Super Volcano were to erupt, it would be 2,000 times bigger than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in the 1980’s.  Everything within 500 miles would be dead or destroyed within minutes, 2/3rds of the entire United States would be covered in volcanic ash and the climate of the entire planet would cool within a month.  On top of that, just this past week, the largest earthquake in the US took place just a few miles from Yellowstone proving hot magma is on the move.  Here’s what has scientists concerned:

Since late summer 2013, the Yellowstone GPS network has tracked a small ” ground deformation episode” in north-central Yellowstone National Park.

During the past five months, the NRWY GPS station has recorded about 3.5 cm (1.4 in) of uplift (the ground is rising) and about 1 cm (0.4 in) of southeastward ground movement, relative to a stable reference station north of the Park.

Measurements from other GPS stations in northern Yellowstone show smaller displacements, forming a circular pattern of deformation (circular — as in the round mouth of a volcano) consistent with a minor pressurization (building-up underground), about 6 to 10 km (4-6 miles) deep, near Norris Junction.

What has scientists very concerned is that Yellowstone has suddenly begun emitting massive amounts of Helium-4.  Helium-4 seems to be the predictor of activity, as proved with other volcanos.

For instance, as the volcanic island of El Hierro, the smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands, rumbled and groaned over the course of seven months in 2011 and 2012, gases silently percolated up through the island’s soil and groundwater.

Eventually, a spectacular plume appeared off the southern coast of the island, a sign that El Hierro volcano, an underwater volcano just offshore, had finally erupted.

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The team’s analyses show that, as the El Hierro volcano began to stir, the crust fractured and helium, mostly from the mantle, flowed to the surface. As the actual eruption began, gas flow at the surface increased dramatically, and gas pressure beneath the island dropped. Then as seismic activity at El Hierro picked up again, the crust fractured and deformed extensively, and helium-4 became a larger component of the total helium released on the island. 

Looking at the past ratios of helium at Yellowstone 1978:

Helium isotope ratios (³He/4He) in Lassen Park and Yellowstone Park volcanic gases show large ³He enrichments relative to atmospheric and crustal helium indicating the presence of a dominant mantle-helium component.

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Study released today on Yellowstone helium:

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The scientists who revealed today’s information report the quantity of helium-4 in Yellowstone’s gas emissions is hundreds to thousands of times greater than it should be — a sign that the crust is releasing its ancient stores of the rare isotope, the researchers said.”However, much of the helium emitted from this region is actually radiogenic helium-4 produced within the crust by decay of uranium and thorium. Today’s report shows by combining gas emission rates with chemistry and isotopic analyses, that crustal helium-4 emission rates from Yellowstone exceed (by orders of magnitude) any conceivable rate of generation within the crust.”  This means the Helium -4 is coming from very far beneath the ground, a clear signal that something big is happening that hasn’t happened in Yellowstone in our lifetime.

From LA Times

It’s up, up and away for ancient trapped helium at Yellowstone

LATimes:By Monte Morin

February 19, 2014, 10:15 a.m.


Steam plumes rise above thermal features along the Firehole River at Yellowstone National Park. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey determined that the famed national park was releasing hundreds — if not thousands — of times more helium than anticipated. (Ken McGee / U.S. Geological Survey ) 

In areas where there is little groundwater or movement in Earth’s crust, helium-4 can remain trapped and build up over time. This is especially true at Yellowstone, where inactive rocks, or what geologists call “craton,” have been estimated to be 2.5 billion years old. (The park is located primarily in Wyoming.)   Things began to change roughly 2 million years ago, however, when hot magma intruded on the crustal system from below and triggered several enormous volcanic eruptions, the most recent about 640,000 years ago.

For scientists, there are important implications to the recent developments at Yellowstone. Helium and other noble gases are used to estimate groundwater residence times—for example, scientists assume that the more helium-4 present in water, the longer that water has been sitting in the rocks surrounding it.

But the study of helium at Yellowstone shows that some of these assumptions—specifically helium-4 produced by the steady decay of elements found only within the rocks and sediments of the local aquifer — aren’t quite right. Helium can suddenly come into a system from unexpected places—a pocket of ancient rock, for instance, or a  magma source — so the dates in past calculations, particularly those from aquifers in volcanic regions or near earthquake faults, might be way off because of that extra helium.  Scientists, though, are used to dealing with new data that changes long-held theories; that’s the nature of science, after all.

One of the largest earthquakes in the US this week, at just M3.6, occurred close to Yellowstone crater, on 11 February. The area, which overlies a hotspot (where hot magma from the mantle rises to the surface) is characterized by frequent earth tremors, which often occur in clusters (or ‘swarms’) such as those of 2004, 2009 and 2010.


1) The ground inside the gigantic mouth of the Yellowstone Super Volcano is rising and moving southeastward.

2) Helium -4,  not normally present, has suddenly appeared at Yellowstone  in unbelievably large amounts never seen before.

3) When Helium -4 was seen at other volcanoes, it appeared shortly before major eruptions of those volcanoes.

4) Prior to most volcanic eruptions, earthquakes occur near the volcano and just this past week, one of the largest earthquakes in the US  at just  M3.6, occurred close to Yellowstone crater, on 11 February.

Naysayers beware, the evidence is stacking up.  if you’re waiting for an mass-media announcement….it has now happened and wont get any more direct. These words don’t come lightly from experts who appreciate that such statements – if wrong – can undermine the jobs these scientists do.

We have previously (within the last week) been warned an eruption could occur suddenly with no warning….that was the warning!

All those living locally should not expect anything more but the evidence above!!

Tectonically speaking, Yellowstone lies to the east of most of the major earthquake zones which characterize western North America and the earthquake swarms around Yellowstone are related to movements of the magma which lies beneath.

Residents of the Yellowstone area, however, probably wish researchers would just hurry up and figure out whether or not the supervolcano that’s simmering below them and last erupted 640,000 years ago is going to blow again anytime soon.

Read more on related topic: Yellowstone indications of severe earthquake/eruption , Yellowstone trembles again, Yellowstone ground raises 10 inches

Article Source TRN  Referencing Article LA Times

  1. fred

    you never now

  2. Admin

    They move to lower ground before winter, but in spring time they all moving up back to the mountains. They get to lower ground before the winter to get warmer and get away from the snow.

  3. Stevi B

    There are a lot of comments about the animals “running away”. The animals always leave in the winter just searching for food. They’re only trying to get to lower elevations. You can ask any of the residents, they usually end up with buffalo in their front lawn in winter.

  4. Admin

    8.3 M earthquake coast of Chile, Tsunami warning

  5. Kerry

    The most disturbing thing to me was seeing the buffalo fleeing the area enmasse ..a sure sign something is going to happen..animals seem to know these things way before we practice caution and continue to watch this

  6. U.R. Right

    It’s the Chicken Little story all over again … could go tomorrow or in 200,000 years or not at all. Same people behind the year 2000 disaster scare? … probably.. Most scientists who buy into this crap or help spread it claim to be smart but can’t tie their shoes without help.

  7. Nancy Kurinec (Storm)

    here is an article from March 30th 2014 ..

    Bison were seen on Friday Mar 28th running down the hillsides and roads, video taped with a rangers dash cam.

  8. wyobarbourSteve

    Not to worried, as I’ll be gone in the initial blast. That will be better than facing the climatic changes to the world, as we know it, soon upon eruption.
    Nothing we can do to stop it, so why worry about it!

  9. Admin

    Hey everyone, mysterious vibration for 6 hours in Georgia, what did USGS say? Nothing! yeah, I guess everything is fine, everything is normal then because USGS said so. :)

  10. Tracy

    i think they meant largest earthquake for the day… if you go to USGS you can see when and where Earthquakes are happening…. Today, Olympic National Forrest which is also a huge mountain, had an m3.7…. if you have ever been in an earthquake, anything over 3.0 is something to pay attention too… and anything above a m6 then more concern for damage… but when you are talking about Yellowstone which is one giant calderon … better take real notice.. most of us are preppers, first responders, when this baby goes.. along with the Madrid Fault, or any other fault, you are warned from birth…. Earth is just a bunch of lava and plates moving around.. its never a question of if, its a question of when…. The article is informative, but needs more detail, like where you got the data… so for me… im telling people in my comment, USGS, Google Earth, they can tell you about any earthquake in the world….

  11. Sage

    Hmmm, read the Bible written by the Catholic Council of Cardinals in 400 AD? Really? Can I interest you in land on Mars?

  12. Admin

    I believe the author was trying to say the largest earthquake past week in the US 3.6 which was at the yellowstone

  13. Dan Best

    They say and I quote “earthquakes occur near the volcano and just this past week, one of the largest earthquakes in the US at just M3.6,” OK 3,6 is a small earthquake and no where near a record U.S. quake a large earthquake is 5.5 and above. So what are they talking about.

  14. Richard Poole

    SUPRISED TO SEE SO MANY WONDERFUL PSYCHOLOGISTS ON THIS ARTICLE getting offended by the offensive. RIDICULING THOSE WHO RIDICULE. I THINK THIS ARTICLE IS RIGHT ON THE BUTTON. YELLOWSTONE IS ONE GIGANTIC CULDERA (sp?) too lazy to look it up…Lack of Snow, animal reactions, earth tremors, Agitated neighbors, and a bird that keeps smacking into my window. All these are signs of MAJOR or partial blowout of Yellowstone area. Personally, I think just part of it will blow, and probably in the next few years, But Mammoth is also due to blow it’s top.

  15. Kristi

    No you are not a troll, just wrote what felt like an aggressive, mean tempermented and unneeded reply. I guess, to make yourself feel better and smarter? I don’t know. I don’t even know the admin, however, it is his right to put on his site what he wishes and just because you googled something and got a different answer does not make you any more right or wrong. I didn’t feel as though they were using scare tactics. Just getting info out there. Take it or leave it, then move on. However, anybody would feel defensive at the way these harsh and some foul languaged replies have been written! Wow, I’m really just not impressed with the human race as a whole right now if this is the way we choose to treat one another over something as small as an article that ” we” don’t agree about the facts. SAD!! :'(

  16. Nato

    I live about 150 miles away from Yellowstone in Montana and if that picture of all helium being released is actually taken on the 19th then damn do they have so amazing weather just south of us… Just saying…

  17. Wet Blanket

    Sorry for the debunking, boys. The volcano isn’t going to blow anytime soon:

  18. P

    I skied in Yellowstone yesterday. There is plenty of snow. The Yellowstone river snowpack is almost 140% for the year.

  19. Rob Powell

    It’s Helium-3 that’s the predictor, not Helium-4.

  20. Admin

    @Kristi, thank you for your understanding and I feel your frustrations. If any of these trolls even bother take extra 30 seconds to read this article, they will know its a re-post from another site. But yet, they are here crucifying this page for posting information that might be helpful for others to learn! There is no such thing is “fear mongering” here, we post this for people to discuss and continue to do their own research if they want to. But one of the saddest thing some of these people do is continue to say everything is fine and normal because the USGS, government website said so. Yep, our government always tell the truth, especially IF this volcano is about to erupt, they will be sure to let everyone know 1st :(! just like the power grid in California was attacked by sniper, 100 rounds shot at the transformers and almost knocked out the grid, they didn’t say anything until 10 months later.

  21. Kristi

    I find it hard to even want to participate in this because of all the bad mouthing going on. If you don’t believe in this move on to another page. For ppl who want to get more info, we don’t want to listen to your lack of communication skills that are proven when you verbally abuse the writers of this article. It’s one thing to debate, it’s quite another to ridicule and Mock and use foul language to do so. And to Google something and get a different answer does not make you right. And to be so cruel to someone test you don’t even know for no other reason than to try and make them look bad is only doing one thing. … making YOU look bad! Grow up.!

  22. L.Edwards

    It’s going to happen sooner or later. It could erupt tomorrow or 10,000 years. It’s that hard to predict. However, when it DOES erupt, no place on Earth is safe. The ash will cover the entire planet. Moving away far, far away from the area may save you from the direct impacts, but it won’t save you from the ash.

    More troubling news is that Yellowstone will erupt due to its massive size alone. No trigger is needed.

    Yeah, we’re going to get socked in the face in the future. When is anyone’s guess.

  23. Edward A Gazur

    I personally think you should look at the picture there is no snow Yellowstone is closed till spring and any body who lives around here are tired of fear mongers . If its the end of are world so be it !! Get over your selves life to short as it is to worry about what might happen . Enjoy life as it is and deal with the BS that comes . Be prepared but don’ t but DONT LIVE IN FEAR

  24. David

    I curious as to how the animals are reacting. I may sound dumb but are they more skittish then normal? Are they migrating out of areas? The overall perception of their behavior? It’s more telling then some people would like to give credit to.

  25. David

    Here’s the question and it may sound stupid but there’s a reason. What are the animals doing? Are they acting more skittish then normal? Are they migrating out of the area? That says a lot too.

  26. Lillie

    Well I heard a long time ago that when God destroys the Earth next He’s suppose to destroy it by fire. Hmm we could put 2 and 2 together that’s if there’s a chain reaction with other volcanoes as well.

  27. Jeremy

    @bonnie, did you read the part where they said “this week”

  28. Bonnie

    ” Prior to most volcanic eruptions, earthquakes occur near the volcano and just this past week, one of the largest earthquakes in the US at just M3.6, occurred close to Yellowstone crater, on 11 February?”

    I live in California and lived through the Sylmar 6.6, Northridge 6.7(which by the way did not center in Northridge it as in Reseda), Landers 7.3 and Big Bear 6.5 Earthquakes. And those were just a burp to the Alaskan 9.2 one back in 1964. So, tell me exactly where was the largest earthquake, this passed week, a few miles away from Yellowstone ?

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  30. alvin simon and theodore

    all of that helium means everyone will soon start talking like chipmunks!!!!

  31. Lynn Barkema

    Hmmm. It says if it does erupt, it will cool the earth? Is this maybe Mother Nature;s way of counteracting the global warming trend? Not really an efficient or productive way, but then nobody ever claimed nature was necessarily efficient or productive according to our ideas of such things.

  32. Dan S

    It’s on the Internet, it must be true! Here’s a few minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I’ll tell you what, my family and I live close to the park. We will keep you updated year after year after year of its progress.

  33. DC Johnson

    Well, I think the bottom line is this: These things happen. If you do not want to be affected…move. If and when it happens, and one day it will, you will not have to worry. However, if you do not want to move, then contact the geologists directly…they ALL welcome emails regarding mother nature and people’s safety.

  34. Stephanie

    Helium-4 (42He or 4He) is a non-radioactive isotope of the element helium. It is by far the most abundant of the two naturally occurring isotopes of helium, making up about 99.99986% of the helium on Earth. Its nucleus is identical to an alpha particle, and consists of two protons and two neutrons. (you can find this information with the simplest of google searches).

    And it didn’t just “suddenly” appear. The helium has been venting that way for millions of years – they just now measured and studied it.

  35. Stephanie

    In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey determined that the famed national park was releasing hundreds — if not thousands — of times more helium than anticipated.

    In fact, researchers say, the escaping helium — about 60 tons per year — is enough to fill one Goodyear blimp every week, but it has been going on for a long time.

    They also calculate that this “sudden” release of gas began roughly 2 million years ago, with the advent of volcanic activity there.

    “That might seem like a really, really long time to people, but in the geologic time scale, the volcanism is a recent phenomenon,” said study coauthor Bill Evans, a research chemist at the USGS office in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Helium, or more accurately the isotope helium-4, is produced in Earth’s crust as uranium and thorium decay. Often, this nonradioactive, crustal helium is swept away by groundwater, or freed as a result of tectonic movement.

    But in areas where there is little groundwater or movement in Earth’s crust, helium-4 can remain trapped and build up over time. This is especially true at Yellowstone, where inactive rocks, or what geologists call “craton,” have been estimated to be 2.5 billion years old. (The park is located primarily in Wyoming.),0,1665876.story#ixzz2uNkvgfCx

  36. Pen

    the fellow who comment on the lack of snow in the area DOES have a point….while the rest of you debate and bad mouth each other on your smart phones I suggest you look into the recent earthquakes, resulting tidal waves and volcanic activity around the world….Indonesia, Japan, Iceland, Italy ……the recent activity around Yellowstone is a very real threat…I am glad I don’t live within thousands of miles of it thank you very much!

  37. James Elmore Just remember, all we have is now, so fill yourself with love – it’s a great way to feel, right up to the end. Every blessing.

  38. Misty Furr Mcpike

    here is a site you can use to check the volcanic activity in yellow stone

  39. jbl0

    I love how the advert right under the headline was for “Safeway Gas Rewards”

  40. TeaPartyPat

    Perhaps we can tax mean-spirited American corporations to pay their fair share to the 99% so the volcano won’t go off….

  41. Admin

    Charlie On the spot, we don’t sell any prepping supplies. And if yellowstone park does blow, there is nothing we can do to prep but die. So stop trolling around on internet and act like a clueless clown. We all know the government always tell the truth and on the ball to warn us.

  42. Michelle R

    Seriously guy. Earthquakes of that magnitude may not be a big deal where you are but obviously you don’t know about our supewr volcano. It will affect everyone inNorth America at the least!

  43. Charlie On The Spot

    Think about this for just a second. There is a stock phrase in latin- Cui bono. Who benefits? If I wanted to sell prepping supplies at an accelerated rate, what stories would I print? Do I go to to find my data and let the world know that there’s a volcano under yellowstone, but the current opinion of the scientific community is that the nature of the magma pool isn’t one of dire concern? Do I try and let people know that hey- things happen, so keep prepping, even WITHOUT a direct threat? Or do I go for the sales-driving sensationalist story, not even based on fact? Consider very carefully who’s interests are behind the stories you read, and keep prepping SMART!

  44. Jack Donahue

    “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Chicken Little

  45. Don

    the m in the m3.6 value means it is modified on the Richter scale I believe they have a similar value for tornadoes as well…

  46. Justin

    Does anybody think its odd there is no snow in pictures…

  47. susan jacobs

    any real scientits weighing in…i mean. humans with Phd’s ???anyone??anyone ??Bhueller??? Anyone????? hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  48. Blake Foster

    Would you like a scientific comment instead. F O moron

  49. Jillyanne

    @Carolynn Clymer-Grigg-hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  50. Bob Winney

    That is such a childish, ridiculous remark. Holy cow!

  51. Blake Foster

    Who gives a shit lol if it happens goodbye. If not oh fuckin well

  52. Dan Vaughn

    I think the author meant to say “Helium 3″ as the rare gas as Helium 4 is just “plain old Helium”

  53. Mike L

    A 3.5-3.6 isn’t even worth getting up for, doubt you would even feel it. We had a 5.5 while I was at work and no one even bothered moving, just kept on talking, eating etc. It has to be a very, very old building to even get a crack from such a minor quake. When Mt. Saint Helen’s started acting up a few years ago (and nothing happened) it was having several dozen 5+M quakes a day. Then chilled out. Also, Helium 4, as stated by someone else, is 99.9999% of all Helium on the planet. Might want to update the article to be somewhat accurate.

  54. Bob Winney

    I don’t know when that picture of the Fire Hole river and the steam venting was taken, but I’m pretty sure that Yellowstone is under several feet of snow right now and if there is any ground showing anywhere, it isn’t green.

  55. Carolynn Clymer-Grigg

    All you have to do is read your Bible, and you know this is going to happen…

  56. Dustin Zellmer

    Yeah the goverment hides alot if shit whos to say they have not reported much larger quakes because somthing like this would affect the world they dont want people going in a state of panic

  57. charlie

    AndY Francis , Oklahoma alone had 6 earthquakes this week , more than half were above your afore mentioned 2.4 , and that is an area that is unaccustomed to them , do your own research , lame stream, media does not count

  58. pep

    I was in Yellowstone in 1990 thre months and there were small quakes every day. it is usual there.

  59. martin “…helium has accumulated for (at least) many hundreds of millions of years… ….only to be liberated over the past two million years…”

    In other words, helium-4 has NOT “…suddenly appeared at Yellowstone,” as the article above claims.

    Earthquakes are common in Yellowstone, there are thousands every year; and so are ground deformations.

    Bottom line: there is precisely ZERO unusual activity in Yellowstone at this time.

  60. Ryan

    Andy, I didn’t say anything about the strength, I said there was 64 Earthquakes in the Yellowstone area in the last week…..Maybe you ought to go do some research yourself. People like you trying to discredit something like this are a threat, you’re dangerous. People NEED to be aware of this, if this thing blows, it’s a GLOBAL GAME CHANGER.

  61. Ryan here andy, I even took you to the page itself… 3.5 :)

  62. Admin

    Andy Francis, please stop trolling on our page and swearing when you are this clueless. here from USGS, list of earthquakes, scroll down to Feb 11 2014.

  63. Andy Francis

    Ryan your So full of shit…there was NOTHING STRONGER THEN A MAG 2.4. this story is FAKE PEOPLE do a little research

  64. Ryan

    Trina Radford.. You can visit the USGS site at, there is a live map of earthquake activity, click the gear Icon on the top right and select the 7 day time period. You will find that there have been 64 Earthquakes in the Yellowstone area within the last 7 days.

  65. VP.06TrrNs

    Its a Ufo rising up like we saw it at movie Prometheus.

  66. unconvinced

    While the science in this may or may not be flawless as this “ancient volcano” has never been witnessed as erupting in any way and is already “thousands of years overdue” (at some point shouldn’t we think our math/science was wrong not when, how or if it will erupt? It seems to me you should only be allowed so much room for error before you’re just flat wrong), I live in Yellowstone and can say for certain, there has been NO significant changes in the geothermal activities and emissions since 2013. In fact park scientists have written articles in the local papers and informed the tour guides in the area that at times there has been noticeably LESS than they thought there would be. This is just another internet writer attempting to get fame through creating fear. The idea of the volcano has been around for some time, maybe it’s true and maybe it’s not but the world’s geologic community is watching this place with EXTREME caution and I’m fairly certain we’d hear about this outside of a random article on Facebook if it was really beaming a danger.

  67. enri

    the submarine volcano fo El Hierro is very small . i think that a small earthquake and some kind of volcano activity can happen in Yellowstone but not a major eruption.

  68. flashgordon

    If she blows, China, North Korea, Iran, and maybe even Russia will try to move in; it might be a good idea to move to another country . . .

  69. Lee C Kozar

    Helium-4 (4
    2He or 4He) is a non-radioactive isotope of the element helium. It is by far the most abundant of the two naturally occurring isotopes of helium, making up about 99.99986% of the helium on Earth. I don’t know why the article claims just the opposite. It loses any credibility at that point….

  70. Sheree Hall

    There was an Earthquake in the UK yesterday plus lots of sink holes, something Major is going on with the Earth. Everyone should be prepared for the worst! All over the world.

  71. Admin

    If Yellowstone blows, more than 70% of the US States will be in trouble, so there is nothing to worry or afraid of, just hope it doesn’t! watch this short video


    I live in Utah, salt lake area… should I be concerned here? Would this cause a chain reaction of major earthquakes that would reach down here?

  73. Admin

    @Trina Radford, this article referenced another article published by LA Times, which we provided links on the bottom of the article if you have any questions or want verify any information. But I will help you anyways. Below is the link from USGS with an earthquakes list in the US, if scroll down to Feb 11 2014, you will see 3.5 Mag Yellowstone National Park. It might of been 3.6 then downgraded to 3.5. Hope that helps. If you read the bottom of the article,”One of the largest earthquakes in the US this week, at just M3.6, occurred close to Yellowstone crater, on 11 February. ” I believe TRN was just summarizing that the largest earthquake “this week” in the US. I can see it was a bit confusing.

  74. Trina Radford

    You state “On top of that, just this past week, the largest earthquake in the US took place just a few miles from Yellowstone proving hot magma is on the move.”

    I am wondering if you have a link to that earthquake or what other proof you have. I did not see anything about it in your article other than your statement.

    Thank you!

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