The beach in question was along Stanley Lake and despite the earthquake taking place on March 31, the after-effects are still occurring. Although the earthquake has already swept through the US state, it appears as though Idaho hasn’t stopped shaking. It may not be the largest earthquake, but it’s certainly the second largest earthquake to hit Idaho, according to the Idaho Statesman.
USGs Volcanoes updated concerned followers on Twitter about Yellowstone Volcano last night.
They said: “The Idaho quakes are aftershocks of the March 31 M6.5 tectonic earthquake related to extension of the western USA. Nothing at all to do with Yellowstone.”
This was in response to the question: “With #Idaho still trembling, could you activate the Supervolcano in #Yellowstone?”
Since the last quake, the Idaho state has been experiencing a string of aftershocks.
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Some of these aftershocks as well, registering as high as 4.8 on the Richter scale.
Unfortunately for residents, the after-effects has been so severe that a popular beach has sunk underwater.
This was supposed to be along Stanley Lake in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area has sunk into the water.
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“The most probable cause for the ‘disappearing’ of the inlet delta is a combination of liquefaction and compaction of saturated sediments and some possible sliding and later spreading on the delta toward the deeper part of the lake”, Said Claudio Berti, director and state geologist from the Idaho Geological Survey.
Experts aren’t sure what caused the earthquake yet, however, it’s believed geologists are still looking into the matter.
The geologists think it’s unusual it would happen in such a quiet area,16 miles north of the Sawtooth Fault.
A 40-mile stretch of fault line discovered nearly a decade ago and since believed to be seismically inactive.
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A number of scientists are under the impression that the Sawtooth Fault is longer than assumed.
According to Popular Mechanics, others suspect the fault is full-on taking advantage of openings in Earth’s crust and is slowly proceeding northward.
The recent earthquake could have been caused by a jump in energy between the fault.
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As earthquakes that occur a long way from tectonic plate boundaries may actually be persistent aftershocks from bigger quakes from a distant past.
Researchers have now set themselves a new mission to garner further information by gathering full seismic data and analyse local soil.
They are set to use LIDAR, a high-end piece of equipment used for guessing distances.
Yellowstone won’t necessarily be facing eruption anytime soon, even though Idaho is still experiencing shakes.
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It last erupted 70,000 years ago, according to the US Geological Survey, and there have since been registered an eye-popping 10,000 magnitude 6 or higher earthquakes in the western swath of the country.
There is nothing anywhere near to what the landmark supervolcano eruption ever did.