Another earthquake near a volcano!
A 2.5 magnitude quake hit Mount Rainer in Washington State 2.17 miles deep today, August 3, 2013. Another realization the American West is earthquake prone and volcanically active right now with the numerous small earthquakes rattling the southern boundary of Long Valley Caldera in Yellowstone and a 2.5 magnitude quake in the Greater Los Angeles area today!!!
Mount Rainer has a summit level of 14,411 feet. This is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The last magmatic eruption was about a 1,000 years ago.
Yellowstone is active right now! “Steamboat” geyser erupts July 31, 2013, after 8 years!!
Steamboat is located in the Norris Geyser Basin. Water temperature nearby spiked when it erupted.
A 2.6 earthquake hit on August 2, 2013, days after with a depth of 6.5 miles deep. Is the earthquake from yesterday more of a sign the region is becoming more active?
In the past, geologists have tried to link Steamboat’s explosions to outside forces, such as earthquakes and increases in yearly precipitation. But the reasoning on how and why are still unknown and unpredictable. This earthquake came after the eruption.
Yellowstone’s last eruption was 70,000 years ago with lava… Currently there are only hydrothermal explosions.
The last major and most recent recorded earthquake was a 7.3 earthquake in 1959 killing 29 people.