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Do fleeing bison predict a Yellowstone eruption?

Do Fleeing Bison Predict A Yellowstone Eruption?
Scientists say you shouldn't worry about a massive volcanic eruption at Yellowstone National Park after a recently posted YouTube video got some people fearing The worst.

It happened after this YouTube / Yellowstone Leo video of bison running down the street at Yellowstone was posted online. Many started speculating the bison were running away from the park's supervolcano - ultimately predicting a massive eruption.

The original YouTube video has gotten more than 130,000 views, but another account reposted it. That version, with the caption "buffalo running for their lives," has gone viral with more than a million views in the past two weeks.



The Los Angeles Times notes the theory that the bison were running away from danger gained more momentum after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit Yellowstone on Sunday.

KMSP points out it was the park's largest earthquake in nearly 40 years. Still, scientists say there isn't much to worry about, especially since the supervolcano hasn't erupted in more than 600,000 years.

In a statement last month, the U.S. Geological Survey said the volcano's alert level stood at normal and added that ground deformation is common in the park. The USGS says deformation isn't a sign of volcanic activity.

The man who originally posted the video of the bison running didn't think twice about any danger in the first place. In his video's description, he wrote: "every Spring I am blessed to witness them running ... running for the sheer joy of being able to!"

KMSP reports the supervolcano at Yellowstone has only erupted three times in more than 2 million years.


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bc3353 April 04 2014 at 3:34 PM

Obviously, these young AOL/HP "reporters" are chosen more for social engineering diversity appeal rather than investigative skills. They completely fail to inform us in critical details.

The eruptions at the Yellowstone caldera have been rhythmic & scheduled during the last millions of years they quoted. The idea that being far apart in event occurrence does not tell us the truth; that they are at precise intervals. We are currently due for another super eruption there. The heaving ground is symptomatic of steam pressure, the very thing which will convulse into the most violent kind of act the earth has ever produced. (Asteroid/meteorite impacts are not earth induced).

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obloodyblada bc3353 April 04 2014 at 5:43 PM

Well, if it has erupted only 2 times since the initial eruption 2.1 million years ago, are really 'due for another super eruption there'?

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vlw0024 April 04 2014 at 3:13 PM

Technically Yellowstone is overdue for an eruption. It erupts roughly every 600K years, we are just over 600K years from the last one so it is due. However, this approximation is in geological time, in which you can give or take 100K years or so.

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bcbrand April 04 2014 at 3:15 PM

WELL ...THEN MAYBE THE MOVIE 2012 WASN'T TOO FAR OFF THE TRACK..THEN AGAIN MAYBE THE SULFUR FUMES GOT TO THEM ENOUGH TO SPLIT THE SCENE IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK...THEN AGAIN MAYBE THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE HUMANS ANYMORE....WHADDA YA' THINK?

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b46777 April 04 2014 at 9:50 PM

Powerless over Super Volcanos, powerless over earthquakes, powerless over nuclear war, powerless over most everything, just for today I'm gonna be okay!

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Steve & Karen April 04 2014 at 3:16 PM

An eruption in Yellowstone is long over due and it's explosive power would be enough to almost end life as we know it, as the super volcano that erupted in Indonesia some 70,000 years ago.

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vjsgro April 04 2014 at 3:16 PM

Except they're leaving out one key fact, that Yellowstone has erupted every 600,000 years like a finely tuned Swiss clock.

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Wayne's World April 04 2014 at 3:17 PM

It either going to be a Super Volcano or the National Debt....so You may go back to your drug induced happiness.

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mike711l April 04 2014 at 9:49 PM

People are far more panicky than Bison.

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tmlbtb April 04 2014 at 3:18 PM

If that place erupts, there is no place to run to. It'll look like the movie 2012.

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Chris April 04 2014 at 3:13 PM

Bison #1: Man, this ground is tough to run on.
Bison #2: Hey, check it out - a long flat thing that goes for miles.
Bison #1: Let's run on it! Humans get FREAKED whenever we run on stuff!
Bison #2: I need to pee first...

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