Monday, April 18, 2016

Yellowstone Public Seismographs Taken OFF-line

The seismographs monitoring earthquakes around the Yellowstone super-volcano have been deliberately taken OFFLINE from public view.  This is a confirmed deliberate act and will stay this way  so the public is not able to see seismic activity there.  (This story has been UPDATED as of 10:14 AM EDT on April 6, 2016)
Being able to see what is taking place in and around Yellowstone is of great interest to many people because if there is a sudden flurry of earthquake activity, it COULD -- but not necessarily -- signal a pending eruption.
Since Yellowstone is the only "super volcano" on the North American continent, and is VERY geologically active, if an eruption were to actually take place, the western two-thirds of the United States would POTENTIALLY be hit with volcanic ash and a severe disruption of life.
So why were the public taken OFFLINE for the public?  No one is providing any answers. Even more peculiar, the privately-funded seismographs from the University of Utah . . . are also OFFLINE to the public.  WE NOW HAVE AN ANSWER:
The images of seismograms that appeared on SuperStation95 have always come from from the University of Utah, a.k.a. the UUSS. Sometime on the evening of April 4th, 2016, they suddenly got rid of those images. No one is able to archive them anymore or present them to you in the efficient fashion you've come to know and love.
From what we can tell so far about their changes, seismographic images have now become just "seismographic image." Every seismogram now shows only and exactly the past 24 hours of its life, as if they don't want anyone having the ability to look at its history even two days later.
The filenames don't even have anything in them anymore but the station's ID. The only way for anyone to compensate for this is to manually download each station's image once a day and then stick it in the archives. That means they'd never be live again. You'd have to go use their site to get live images. They couldn't have invented a better way to break third-party sites if they tried.
After poking around to various folks involved in the University of Utah Seismic Center, one person at that facility "quietly" e-mailed us a single graphic image which gave us pause:
In the image below, the Green Colored line represents the border of Yellowstone National Park.  The (barely visible) gold line represents the mouth of the super-volcano, known as the Caldera.  The red dots in the image below show all the earthquakes that have recently taken place at the Yellowstone super-volcano.  This is why the public seismographs are suddenly OFFLINE to the general public:

We are not seismologists, but it looks (to us) as though something is happening at Yellowstone.  We're seeking out professionals to interpret what we're seeing and will update this story when that info becomes available.
In the meantime, as untrained laymen, the red dots in the image above tell us something "not good" seems to be taking place at Yellowstone.


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