A Yellowstone Scare Article Is Going Viral. What You Should Know 

Once again, a demonstrably false rumor about Yellowstone has gone viral, perhaps sending some people into a state of gloomy dread. 

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and its Yellowstone Volcano Observatory receive a deluge of calls from anxious people every time something occurs, even if it's simply a histrionic headline.  

They could probably do without this distraction. This webpage is where the most recent rumor surfaced.

The page, which is infamous for spreading unfounded conspiracy theories, asserts that the USGS just raised the supervolcano's threat rating to "high."

That is untrue. In addition to misrepresenting what USGS scientists claimed, they also inserted their own prevarication. It doesn't important at this point whether they did this because they misread the study or because they deliberately wanted to make the facts sound much scarier than it is. 

It's disheartening that the post has only received tens of thousands of social media shares.The USGS's National Volcanic Threat Assessment, a 2018 update to the original 2005 assessment, is the document the site is referring to. 

The USGS uses this system to categorize the nation's volcanoes based on the potential hazard that a future eruption may or may not pose to us. I've gone over the assessment in great depth here, but to put it briefly, this is not a document that makes any assertions about when the 161 volcanoes it includes will erupt next.

Even so, it makes no claims as to how these volcanoes may erupt in the future. Instead, it takes a thoughtful and comprehensive look at which volcanoes could be more dangerous, depending on 24 very diverse characteristics.

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