YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — An animal exodus at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has residents and tourists wondering if they know something they don’t.
Bison and many other animals are leaving Yellowstone in droves, and its prompting theories that minor earthquakes in the area could soon set off the Yellowstone Super Volcano. The volcano last erupted 640,000 years ago. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory reports that an eruption 2 million years ago covered half of North America with ash, wiping out prehistoric animals.
A series of smaller quakes have hit the region over the past few weeks, and the more earthquakes hit an area, the more chances a volcano may be activated from its dormant state. A super volcano eruption in Yellowstone would reportedly devastate the United States. It could potentially destroy everything in an arc to the East, South, and South East of the park all the way through to the Midwest.
The scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory told CNN that despite recent seismic activity, “We don’t anticipate an eruption anytime soon.”
Dan Hottle, Spokesman, Yellowstone National Park also says that the bison in this viral YouTube video were running into the park.
“If I stayed on the phone with you for 15 min longer I can probably point the camera out the window and show you a bison running down my cul-de-sac.”