“Earthquakes at Yellowstone are dominantly caused by motion on preexisting faults and can be stimulated by increases in pore pressure due to groundwater recharge from snowmelt.
“If magmatic activity were the cause of the quakes, we would expect to see other indicators, like changes in deformation style or thermal/gas emissions, but no such variations were detected.”
And yet, many people continue to live in fear, believing the US will one day be blindsided by a cataclysmic blast.
Social media, in particular, is rife with debunked claims and conspiracy theories about Yellowstone being overdue.
One Twitter user recently said: “I’ll just say that when I went to Yellowstone 15 years ago, I was freaked out the entire time.
“Sleeping among free-roaming animals and on top of a super-volcano that’s overdue for an eruption definitely made me nervous.”