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Debunking Yellowstone Scare — Is Anyone Actually Reading These News Stories?!

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Everyone’s buzzing about Yellowstone Park this week. A big earthquake on March 30 gave people a scare, signaling the giant lava caldera under the park is moving. This week animals started “fleeing” the park, sparking speculation that an explosion was coming! Unless, of course, you read the stories.

From the L.A. Times:

The spreading anxiety was caused by baseless rumors and deliberate misrepresentations of what those bison were actually doing in the video, according to Leo Leckie, a sales associate of the nonprofit Yellowstone Assn… Leckie ought to know. He shot the video, which lasts 1 minute and 9 seconds and was originally posted March 14…” NOTE THE EARTHQUAKE WAS MARCH 30

From Fox News in San Diego:

We don’t anticipate an eruption anytime soon… 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.”

From Reuters:

Fortunately, there was no indication that the recent seismic activity signaled an impending eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera, scientists said. Researchers with the observatory have said in the past that catastrophic eruptions by the super-volcano are unlikely for tens of thousands of years…”

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