Fears surrounding the Hawaii volcanic eruptions have led to increased focus on the activity at the Yellowstone Supervolcano. Increased activity above and below the surface at the US supervolcano has set off alarm bells for those who are monitoring the site for a potential eruption. Multiple earthquakes at the National Park followed by a fourth eruption of its usually dormant geyser has led to speculation about the world’s largest supervolcano. The supervolcano sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is responsible for earthquake and volcanic activity along the Pacific Ocean, most recently including Hawaii and Indonesia.
The geyser Steamboat, which had been dormant since September 2014, suddenly erupted on March 15th, April 19th, April 27th and May 4th. According to Fox News, a swarm of more than 200 earthquakes struck Yellowstone over two weeks, which indicates a shifting of the major tectonic plates beneath the Earth’s surface. A Fox reporter said two out of the three warning signs of an imminent eruption has caused panic among visitors to the site. Those warning signs include increased seismic activity, ground deformation and an increased gas outlet at the surface. While seismic activity and gas outlet has increased during 2018, this has not been to a significant extent and without any sign of ground deformation.