Just as the whole world is reporting that the Yellowstone supervolcano might erupt sooner than thought, footage of a UFO sighting over the national park is coming to our attention again.
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In the video, you can see a 'UFO' zigzagging in the skies over the Yellowstone national park in Wyoming. The rather grainy footage shows the object emerging from behind a hill before getting ever bigger as it flows higher in the sky. The video dates back to June 9th but was only recently placed on Youtube as Yellowstone has been in the news again this week.
Students from Arizona State University have spent weeks at the local Lava Creek Tuff to collect samples, only suspending their work when a bison or a bear came to visit.
From those samples, the scientists are starting to realize that the conditions that lead to super-eruptions might emerge within this human lifetime. They found that the magma reservoir in Yellowstone has moved considerably, gaining about 10 inches in seven years.
“It’s shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption,” said Miss Hannah Shamloo, a graduate student at Arizona State University who spoke at a volcano conference to discuss the research done in Yellowstone over the summer, though she warned that there’s more work to do before scientists can verify a precise time scale.
"It's an extraordinary uplift, because it covers such a large area and the rates are so high," the University of Utah's Bob Smith, an expert in Yellowstone volcanism, told National Geographic.
This summer there have been more than 400 earthquakes in just one week near the Yellowstone volcano.
A seismological expert told the Star Valley Independent: "This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years. But is fewer than weekly counts during similar earthquakes swarms in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010.”