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Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm Numbers 1,200 Since June 12

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View of the 'Sunset Lake' hot spring in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 05:27 AM

Yellowstone National Park has been hit with a swarm of earthquakes since last month, with more than 1,200 earthquakes recorded since June 12.

Despite this swarm of earthquakes, researchers at the University of Utah don't see it as cause for alarm, according to Fox 13 Now.

"We get a lot of calls as to whether people should cancel plans to go to Yellowstone and the answer is decisively no," Jamie Farrell, Research Professor of Seismology at the University of Utah, said, according to the station. "This is how volcanoes act, and it's pretty normal."

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake swarm that began on June 12 included a 4.4 magnitude earthquake on June 15 and a 3.6 magnitude earthquake on July 18, both about nine miles from West Yellowstone, Montana.

"No significant changes in ground deformation or geothermal activity have been observed since the beginning of the 2017 earthquake swarm," the USGS report said.

According to scientists at the University of Utah, while Yellowstone was hit with a high volume of earthquakes in a single week alone, they can't say for sure that this is a problem based on comparisons to similar earthquake swarms in past years, The Prepper Dome noted.

"This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years, but is fewer than weekly counts during similar earthquake swarms in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010," scientists said in a statement, according to Newsweek.

There would have to be hundreds of more earthquakes in the area in order to reach the 1,500 mark, the minimal average of earthquakes that hit Yellowstone each year, Fox 13 Now noted.

Prepper Dome noted that if there were a "full-scale eruption" at Yellowstone, then "everything within a 100-mile radius" could be destroyed immediately.

"The probability of a large eruption at Yellowstone in the next year is currently calculated at one in 730,000," Newsweek reported on June 19.

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