Updated: September 7, 2012 2:54PM
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A minor earthquake has rattled Yellowstone National Park.
An expert says the strength of the magnitude 3.7 earthquake that shook Yellowstone on Wednesday afternoon puts it in the “once-a-year” category for the area.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide (jhnewsandguide.com) reports that Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah, says Yellowstone experiences about 3,000 earthquakes a year. Since 1962, there have been 49 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater within 16 miles of the epicenter of Wednesday’s quake.