I must confess that I am a volcano nerd. I've been fascinated with them dating back to the Mt St. Helens eruption in 1980. My fascination with this part of geology led me to ask the question what would it really take to make the Yellowstone supervolcano erupt? This is what I found.
We get a lot of earthquakes in Wyoming. Most are near the very seismically active area near Yellowstone. That's why it was a bit of a surprise to learn that an earthquake just occurred in southern Wyoming near Saratoga.
On August 17, 1959 an earthquake measured 7.3-7.5 on the Richter scale at Yellowstone National Park. The tragic event caused over 28 deaths and $11 million in damage between Wyoming and Montana communities.