Viral videos of Bison fleeing Yellowstone National Park have rumors swirling that the super-volcano located under the park would be erupting soon.
Yellowstone National Park dismissed those rumors on Friday about the super-volcano erupting soon. Amy Bartlett said the bison were simply running deeper into the park. “It was a spring-like day and they were frisky. Contrary to online reports, it’s a natural occurrence and not the end of the world.”
The supervolcano was found last year to be 2.5 times larger than previously thought, leaving some to speculate an eruption is well overdue. If and when it erupts, the volcano could potentially spew ash over a large area of North America.
“It would be a global event,” Jamie Farrell of the University of Utah told the Associated Press last year. “There would be a lot of destruction and a lot of impacts around the globe.”
The last major eruption is thought to have happened around 640,000 years ago and sent ash across the entire North America.
Bob Smith of the University of Utah said researchers are unsure when the supervolcano will erupt again. Two other eruptions happened, one 2.1 million years ago, and the other 1.3 million years ago. One theory is that eruptions happen every 700,000 years ago, but Smith said more data is needed to back that theory up.
The rumors started after the 4.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near the Norris Geyser Basin in the northwest section of Yellowstone on March 30, 2014. This was the largest earthquake at the park since 1980 which leads people to believe the volcano might be erupting soon.
Multiple videos of animals fleeing the area have been posted online recently, one of which shows a herd of buffalo allegedly leaving the park and “running for their lives.”
While there is no way to predict the Yellowstone volcano eruption, many believe the reaction of the animals could signal some kind of alert.
“Whether I believe this, or whether I don’t believe the story or not, I don’t know. I can tell you this story I saw this morning about the buffaloes running the street … whether or not it’s because of any activity in Yellowstone or not, I don’t know,” said blogger Jay Lee. “But I’ll tell you this, whatever the case may be, that their running away from Yellowstone is an alert of some sort.”
“It also could be from this video, where poachers are killing them, chasing them, abusing them, running them around,” Lee added. “Could be hundreds of things for them to be running. I wanted you to listen [to the videos] and make up your own mind on what to think.”
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Herds of bison running for their lives on the public roadways and they were not being chased or rounded up, the bison were running down the mountain slopes onto roadways running right past a filming crew. They detect something vast and deadly. The Yellowstone Supervolcano is the only thing there that would fit the bill.
Yellowstone Buffalo Running for Their Lives
Video showing buffalo running down a highway.
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