Buffalo running from Yellowstone a feared sign of pending eruption


Buffalo seen running in apparent escape from Yellowstone Park

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There has been an increase in seismic activity in recent weeks with a massive earthquake in Chile and smaller quakes in the Los Angeles area.

Now, there's growing concern of volcanic activity as America's iconic Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

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Videos have been showing up on YouTube and across the web showing animals seemingly fleeing the park, leading to speculation that the animals are using their animal instincts to flee the park ahead of a possible volcanic eruption.

On March 30, Yellowstone was struck by the most powerful earthquake it has experienced since 1980 – a 4.8 magnitude quake that did no damage, but that some believe could be connected to the various animals’ movements.

According to Epoch Times, multiple videos of such incidents have been posted online recently, one of which shows a herd of buffalo allegedly leaving the park and “running for their lives.” Although people behind the discussion acknowledge there’s no way to predict when the park’s massive volcano could erupt, they believe the reaction of the Yellowstone’s animals could signal some kind of alert.

“Whether I believe this, or whether I don’t believe the story or not, I don’t know. I can tell you this story I saw this morning about the buffaloes running the street … whether or not it’s because of any activity in Yellowstone or not, I don’t know,” said blogger Jay Lee, according to the Times.

“But I’ll tell you this, whatever the case may be, that their running away from Yellowstone is an alert of some sort.”

The US Geological Survey has addressed the video of buffalo seen running from Yellowstone:

Are animals leaving Yellowstone National Park?

According to the park, any animal migrations are typical for this time of year. Most of the recent videos on the internet that show running bison were filmed weeks (at least) before Sunday's earthquake.



American bison calf with surrogate mom

Julie Larsen Maher
In this July 4, 2012 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a male American bison calf walks with its surrogate mother at the Bronx Zoo. The purebred Yellowstone bison was born at the Bronx Zoo on June 20, 2012 after scientists were able to successfully implant a genetically pure embryo into a the commercial bison joining the calf. (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)

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