YELLOWSTONE — The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred at 5 p.m., Monday, May 18th near the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park (click here for USGS summary). Several people reported feeling this seismic event. While earthquakes are common in Yellowstone these events have also occurred in other areas of the state.
In 2014, the Wyoming State Geological Survey reported 49 earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 2.5 occurred in Wyoming. Twenty of those had magnitudes greater than 3.0, with 17 of these events recorded in Yellowstone. The largest earthquake in 2014 was 4.8 in magnitude near Norris Geyser Basin in the park.
If you felt ground motions and/or experienced possible damage related to this earthquake, WSGS encourages citizens to participate in the USGS “Did You Feel It” program by clicking here and filling out a short questionnaire.