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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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Joel April 04 2014 at 2:55 PM

Let's hope the animals were just running to stay fit.. If you recall the tsunami of 2006 in Southeast Asia that claimed the lives of 250,000 people, the animals that day were also acting 'funny.'

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revivalman April 04 2014 at 2:21 PM

Running buffalo..........BOOM!

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sometime.tomorrow April 04 2014 at 2:21 PM

Unless the person or persons who stated with such confidence that Yellowstone has only erupted 3 times in more than TWO MILLION YEARS, was alive 2 million years ago, how would he/they know this? I don't think jackasses could live that long, over 2 million years and still be around to report on what happened anywhere 2 million years ago.

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rvinseclw April 04 2014 at 2:17 PM

Bison are not fleeing. They are herd animals moving with the seasons. The bison behind are trying to catch up with the leaders, not fleeing. Did you notice that the grouping was mostly cow calf pairs. The calves will soon to be weaned if they are not already.

Regarding an earlier comment about which side of the road the animals were on, Bison are American, not English, of course they use the right lane to travel.

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Phyllis April 04 2014 at 5:57 PM

Sorry for the typos - I was laughing too hard to proof-read!

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hylander80 April 04 2014 at 6:01 PM

Bison running...okay, so? This is a non-story to anyone with an IQ over 100.

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NoShark hylander80 April 04 2014 at 6:48 PM

Not really. This is of import. Course, not to you, cause you haven't bothered to research whether it is or not.

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Beautiful April 04 2014 at 2:16 PM

Running from the tourist season ?

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obloodyblada Beautiful April 04 2014 at 2:46 PM

Running from Christian tourists.

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yancey54l April 04 2014 at 6:02 PM

If it does blow we can not stop it so why worry.

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Judy April 04 2014 at 6:05 PM

I enjoy watching the buffalo running but it is a shame that people ruin it for others by suggesting they are running from an earthquake. I am just as gullible as the next person.

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s.a.farra April 04 2014 at 6:11 PM

Did anyone at all read the caption to the video?

"March 14, 2014 -- This herd of Yellowstone National Park Bison dashes from Mammoth Hot Springs eastward along the roadway and deeper into the park. If the herd matriarch gets the urge to run, she will ... and the entire herd will run to keep up."

Sounds like a natural occurrence to me. ..

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