A 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Yellowstone National Park caused a social media buzz on Thursday, July 6, with some Twitter users declaring an apocalypse was coming.
The quake, which struck in western Montana at 11:30 p.m. local time, was followed by a series smaller quakes of magnitudes 4.9, 4.5, 3.9 and 4.4, according to the USGS.
Many reported feeling a significant shaking that was strong enough to wake them up and rattle household items.
We don’t usually. This one really scared me. Very deep rumbles. It was felt across the whole state. Scares me with Yellowstone so close— Lia Kay Beck (@montanagroom) July 6, 2017
Just felt an earthquake up here in Montana.. Yellowstone please don’t erupt I’m too young and haven’t gone pro yet #earthquake— halo (@T3HG3) July 6, 2017
Others posted about the proximity of the earthquake to the park’s supervolcano and the potential consequences.
Earthquake in Bozeman = truly terrified Yellowstone volcano gonna go off— Shae (@Shanae_Richey) July 6, 2017
However, experts from the USGS were quick to downplay the earthquake.
Some users even made a link between the earthquake and a 6.9 quake that hit the Philippines, southwest of Taclobanon, the same day.
So a 5.8 in Montana, a 5 something in Japan and a 6.9 in the Philippines all within 2 hours of each other…. what the heck #earthquake— Sadie🌵 (@Sadieframness) July 6, 2017
Bizarre synchronicities #earthquake in Yellowstone USA, Quezon Philippines, India and Alice Springs Australia all w/in one day!!!— LadySarah (@GeminiGoddess2) May 21, 2016