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US Earthquakes: Aftershocks Continue near Lincoln, Montana and NW of YNP

Posted by feww on July 10, 2017


Dozens of aftershocks follow M5.8 Montana event

Swarms of about 140 aftershocks have occurred near Lincoln, Montana and northwest of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) following the 5.9 magnitude shallow earthquake that struck the area on July 6.

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“Extreme” and “Unusual” Geothermal Activity in YNP

Posted by feww on July 12, 2014

SCENARIOS 989, 08, 07

Extreme Heat Melts Road at YNP

Intense geothermal activity at Yellowstone National Park (YNP) has created hotspots with extreme heat melting roads.

Firehole Lake Drive, which stretches for more than 3 miles between the Old Faithful geyser and Madison Junction, is closed because melting asphalt has turned it into a “soupy mess,” said a YNP spokesman, describing the melting of pavement as both “extreme” and “unusual.”

YNP, home to the Yellowstone Caldera, world’s largest “supervolcano,” covers about 2,220,000 acres with more than 10,000 thermal features and 300 geysers.

melting pavement at YNP
YNP officials have been forced to close Firehole Lake Drive as well as access to several geysers and thermal features in the park after extreme heat melted asphalt, turning it into a “soupy mess.” The hotspot reportedly extends  beyond the pavement, with parts of the ground saturated with boiling water. (Image credit: Yellowstone National Park).

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Significant Quakes Strike Oklahoma, Wyoming

Posted by feww on March 30, 2014


Swarms of significant quakes rattle Oklahoma

A large cluster of earthquakes including more than a dozen shocks measuring 2.7Mw to 4.4Mw struck Oklahoma between 03:08UTC and 14:09 UTC on March 30, 2014.

The most significant quakes in the cluster so far include three shocks measuring 4.3 and 4.4Mw.

  • Magnitude 4.4, 20km NNW of Crescent, Oklahoma at 14:09:59 UTC  2014-03-30,   36.129°N 97.647°W, Depth= 4.7km
  • M 4.3,  20km N of Crescent, Oklahoma at  08:42:36 UTC 2014-03-30, 36.140°N 97.616°W, Depth=5.0km
  • M 4.3, 21km N of Crescent, Oklahoma at 06:51:56 UTC 2014-03-30, 36.142°N 97.592°W, Depth=5.0km

Oklahoma quakes 30march14
Oklahoma Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Since March 2, 2014 at least 112 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw to 4.4Mw  have struck the state of Oklahoma.

M4.8 Strikes 37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

A swarm of earthquakes including a magnitude 4.8Mw shock struck the Yellowstone national park about 37km ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana earlier today.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude: 4.8Mw
Event Time: 2014-03-30 12:34:39 UTC
Location: 44.778°N 110.683°W depth=6.8km (4.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 37km (23mi) ENE of West Yellowstone, Montana

Earthquake Location Map

YNP quakes 30mar2014
Source: USGS/EHP

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RIM FIRE Reaches Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Posted by feww on August 28, 2013

Monster blaze grows to 187,466 acres, surrounds key Yosemite reservoir

Rim Fire grew by more than 3,000 acres over the past 12 hours, covering 293mi² and reaching the southern edge of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, as it began to flank western side of the lake.

The monster blaze has already surrounded Cherry Lake and Lake Eleanor, a part of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir system in the northwestern backcountry of Yosemite National Park.

RIM FIRE is burning mainly in Stanislaus National Forest, but it has also consumed about 45,000 acres of YNP.

Rim Fire Map – Latest

Rim Fire Map Latest

Rim Fire Incident Information

  • Last Updated: August 28, 2013 06:30 PDT (UTC -7 hours)
  • Date/Time Started: August 17, 2013 3:25 pm
  • Administrative Unit: Stanislaus National Forest / CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
  • County: Tuolumne County, Calif.
  • Location: 3 miles east of Groveland along Hwy 120
  • Acres Burned – Containment: 187,466 acres – 23% contained
  • Structures Threatened: 5,506 (4,500 residences, 1,000 outbuildings, 6 commercial)
  • Structures Destroyed: 111 (11 residences, 97 outbuildings, 3 commercial)


  • A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road (Forest Road 2S01). Highway 120 at the Yosemite National Park boundary west to Buck Meadows has been evacuated. [An evacuation center is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.]
  • An evacuation advisory is in effect from Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108 to Pinecrest Lake.
  • An Evacuation Warning has been issued for all residences north of Bull Creek Road (Forest Road 2S02), Bondurant Mine Road, Texas Hill Road, and Wampum Hill.

Road Closures:

  • Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic to Crane Flat Campground.
  • A portion of the Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 12:00 noon. The closure is necessary for firefighters to perform fire suppression activities along the road. This portion of the road is anticipated to be closed at least through Labor Day Weekend. The park will issue an update as conditions allow for the reopening of the road. [Highway 120 and Tioga Road are two of the four major access routes to YNP.]

Forest closures:

  • A Forest Closure is in effect for locations near and in advance of the fire. Several locations on the west side of Yosemite National Park have had closures implemented as a result of the fires spread. Contingency planning, indirect line construction and preparation to the east of Highway 108.
  • The Stanislaus National Forest has issued an area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.
  • Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along the Tioga Road within the closure, will remain closed during the fire suppression efforts. White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge will remain closed.
  • Injuries: 3
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Total Fire Personnel: 4,19
  • Total Fire Engines: 508
  • Total Fire crews: 75
  • Total Helicopters: 17
  • Total Dozers: 62
  • Total Water Tenders: 45

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