YELLOWSTONE, WY: A 5.1 Magnitude earthquake has hit Yellowstone national park, only a mile from the caldera of it’s massive active super-volcano. The earthquake hit at precisely 6:36 PM (CST) on Thursday May 19th and lasted around 2 minutes.
Park rangers are reporting high velocity plumes of smoke coming from the general area of the caldera of the super-volcano.
Local government has issued a mandatory evacuation of the park and surrounding areas.
There is no information on casualties/injuries as of yet.
President Obama is en route to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a military installation and nuclear bunker located in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, which hosts the activities of several tenant units. He is expected to make an announcement regarding the event shortly.
A map of the super-volcano located in Yellowstone National Park.
If this is indeed the beginning of an eruption, this will be the largest disaster in US history, and possibly the deadliest natural disaster in recent human history.