Ongoing Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm North of West Yellowstone, MT.

July 19, 2017 UPDATE: The University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) is monitoring an earthquake swarm which is currently active on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park.  The swarm began on June 12th, 2017 and, as of 09:45 MDT on July 19th, 2017, is composed of 1,284 events with the largest magnitude of ML 4.4 (MW 4.4) (Figure 1).  The swarm consists of one earthquake in the magnitude 4 range, 7 earthquakes in the magnitude 3 range, 105 earthquakes in the magnitude 2 range, 407 earthquakes in the magnitude 1 range, 736 earthquakes in the magnitude 0 range, and 28 earthquakes with magnitudes of less than zero.  These events have depths from ~0.0 km to ~14.0 km, relative to sea level.  At the time of this report, there were 125 felt reports for the M4.4 event that occurred on June 16, 2017 at 00:48:46.94 UTC (June 15, 2017 at 18:48:46.94 MDT).  The M4.4 event has an oblique strike-slip moment tensor solution (Figures 1 & 2).  In addition, four other earthquakes in the swarm have been reported felt.

 

Figure 1. Location of the earthquakes that are part of the swarm as of July 19, 2017 at 09:45 MDT (red symbols).

 

Figure 2. Moment Tensor solution for the M4.4 event showing the fit between data (black) and synthetics (red dashed).

Moment Tensor for M 4.5

Figure 3. Animation of the June 2017 Yellowstone earthquake swarm.  Earthquakes appear as red circles as they happen, then transition to blue.  After they have occurred, they appear as black circles.  The size of the circles are proportional to the earthquakes magnitude.

Earthquake swarms are common in Yellowstone and, on average, comprise about 50% of the total seismicity in the Yellowstone region.

UUSS will continue to monitor this swarm and will provide updates as necessary.

 

If you think you felt an earthquake, please fill out a felt report at: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/.

Yellowstone swarm continues with M 3.6 felt near West Yellowstone, MT

Released: July 18, 2017 03:15 PM MDT

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a minor
earthquake of magnitude 3.6 occurred at 02:31 PM on July 18, 2017
(MDT). The epicenter of the shock was located 9.3 mi N of W.
Yellowstone, MT. This earthquake is part of an ongoing sequence
of earthquakes that began on June 12, 2017 and included a
a magnitude 4.4 event on June 15, 2017, 9.0 mi NNE of W.
Yellowstone, MT. Today’s M 3.6 earthquake was reported felt in
Yellowstone National Park and in West Yellowstone, MT. It was
followed by numerous smaller earthquakes, the largest of which
had magnitudes of 2.8 and 2.9. The total number of located
earthquakes in the current sequence has now exceeded 1200.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form
either on the Seismograph Stations website: www.quake.utah.edu or the
US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.

Earthquake Summary:

Date (UTC): July 18, 2017 Time (UTC): 20:31

Date (local): July 18, 2017 Time (local): 02:31 PM MDT

Latitude: 44 47.25′ N

Longitude: 111 2.27′ W

Preferred magnitude: 3.60 Ml

Magnitude 4.5 near West Yellowstone, MT

PRESS RELEASE

University of Utah Seismograph Stations Released: June 15, 2017 07:55 PM MDT

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations reports that a light earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred at 06:48 PM on June 15, 2017 (MDT). The epicenter of the shock was located in Yellowstone National Park, eight miles north-northeast of the town of West Yellowstone, Montana. The earthquake was reported felt in the towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana, in Yellowstone National Park, and elsewhere in the surrounding region. Today’s earthquake is part of an energetic sequence of earthquakes in the same area that began on June 12. This sequence has included approximately thirty earthquakes of magnitude 2 and larger and four earthquakes of magnitude 3 and larger, including today’s magnitude 4.5 event. Today’s earthquake is the largest earthquake to occur in Yellowstone National Park since March 30, 2014, when a magnitude 4.8 event occurred 18 miles to the east, near Norris Geyser Basin.

Anyone who felt the earthquake is encouraged to fill out a survey form either on the Seismograph Stations website: www.quake.utah.edu or the US Geological Survey website: earthquake.usgs.gov.

Earthquake Summary:

Date (UTC): June 16, 2017

Time (UTC): 00:48 Date (local): June 15, 2017

Time (local): 06:48 PM MDT

Latitude: 44 46.48′ N

Longitude: 111 2.74′ W

Preferred magnitude: 4.50 Ml

Recent discoveries of Yellowstone’s magmatic plumbing system, seismic swarms and their relationship to current deformation

Farrell, J., R. B. Smith, H.‐H. Huang, F.‐C. Lin, W.‐C. Chang, and C. M. Puskas (2015). Recent discoveries of Yellowstone’s magmatic plumbing system, seismic swarms and their relationship to current deformation, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, 47(6), 7.

Tomography from 26 years of seismicity revealing that the spatial extent of the Yellowstone crustal magma reservoir extends well beyond the Yellowstone caldera

Farrell, J., R. B. Smith, S. Husen, and T. Diehl, 2014, Tomography from 26 years of seismicity revealing that the spatial extent of the Yellowstone crustal magma reservoir extends well beyond the Yellowstone caldera, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL059588.