By: Emma Beswick
Yellowstone earthquake causes Twitter users to predict apocalypse
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“https://www.usgs.gov/.
Many reported feeling a significant shaking that was strong enough to wake them up and rattle household items.
Just heard from another bout that? Did not know u guys had them?
— Amy Allan (@amyallantdf) 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.
— Kaitlyn (@LanaWinterzz) July 6, 2017
Earthquake in Bozeman = truly terrified Yellowstone volcano gonna go off
— Shae (@Shanae_Richey) July 6, 2017
— AnnikaSTILL4Hillary (@Anootchka) July 6, 2017
However, experts from the USGS were quick to downplay the earthquake.
— USGS_Seismic (@usgs_seismic) June 25, 2017
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
This article originally appeared on euronews.com.