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Black Rock Desert Volcanic Activity Grabs Attention Of Researchers

(Used by Permission, University of Utah, Paul Gabrielsen)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The smooth hills and fields of the Black Rock Desert near Fillmore became a place for scientists to monitor more closely following earthquakes in the area in 2018 and 2019.

A news release from the University of Utah said the Black Rock Desert earthquakes and aftershocks were different from the 5.7 Magna earthquake last year that shook up a good portion of northern Utah.

Equipment from the Utah Regional Seismic Network and other monitoring stations gave scientists a closer look at the volcanic system at the Black Rock Desert, the release said.

Maria Mesimeri, a postdoctoral research associate with the University of Utah recently released a study that detailed her findings after analyzing the data from Black Rock Desert earthquakes.

“The results showed us that we should give more attention to the Black Rock area,” said Mesimeri. “We need to improve seismic and volcanic monitoring in this area so that we are aware of small changes that may occur.”

Mesimeri said their findings indicate the area is still active due to the underground movement of magma or heated water.

The researchers said there is no evidence of any imminent eruption although the area is still active.

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