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Yellowstone Journal: How Accurate is Earthchanges TV Reporting?
Since the beginning of this month, YOWUSA.COM has been receiving E -mails from Earthchanges TV subscribers requesting third party confirmation of the seismic activity reported on that site. In response to those queries, we have vetted information regarding Earthchanges TV reports for quakes "near" the Yellowstone Park area on: 06-Feb, (5.3),15- Feb 15 (3.5), 21- Feb (3.6), and 21-Feb (3.5) of this year.
We understand the requests because we found discrepancies. Marshall Masters, publisher of YOWUSA.COM twice sent the following request for clarification to Mitch Battros of Earthchanges TV:
February 23, 2004
TO: Mitch Battros, Publisher
FR: Marshall Masters, Publisher
We've been receiving mail from several of your readers over the last month asking us about seismic information reported on your site. We getting ready to publish a seismic update this Wednesday and we plan on addressing the issues raised by your subscribers.
In response to your subscribers, we vetted your reporting of three quakes reported by your site during the last month. Here are the discrepancies we found and are asking you to address in your reply to this query:
06-Feb-04: According to your site, a 5.3 earthquake occurred near Yellowstone at latitude 43.5N, longitude 105.1W. We referenced your coordinates with the world aeronautical chart and USGS web site and determined that the actual location of this earthquake to be near the East Wyoming border.
17-FEB-04: According to your site, a 3.5 earthquake occurred near Yellowstone at latitude 42.94N, longitude 105.40W. We referenced your coordinates with the world aeronautical chart and USGS web site and determined that the actual location of this earthquake to be near the East Wyoming border.
21-FEB-04: According to your site, a 3.2 (later upgraded to 3.6) earthquake occurred near Yellowstone at latitude 43.58N, longitude 110.37W. We referenced your coordinates with the world aeronautical chart and USGS web site and found this earthquake was near Yellowstone.
There seems to be a great deal of confusion about the meaning of "near Yellowstone." Would you please clarify this with a comment? We'll need your response by Tuesday If you decline to comment, we will note that accordingly.
As of this publication, Earthchanges TV has not replied. Therefore, our present concern is that inaccurate reporting will inoculate public interest in what we see is a broader systemic issue for the Western United States. For this reason, we are publishing our findings so that our readers can make an informed decision on their own.
Earthchanges TV Reporting
At YOWUSA.COM, we've been following Yellowstone seismic events very closely, trying to detect any trends. When we received email from several YOWUSA and Earthchanges TV subscribers telling us that Earthchanges TV sent them email on earthquakes that occurred near Yellowstone on February 6, 15, 21, and February 25, we immediately followed up since we didn't see any information previously reported on earthquakes near Yellowstone, except for the February 21 (3.6) earthquake.
Here are the relevant Earthchanges TV reports forwarded to us by Earthchanges TV subscribers
Subject: ECTV/Breaking News - New 3.5 mag. EQ Hits Yellowstone Area on Sunday
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004
New 3.5 mag. EQ Hits Yellowstone Area on Sunday...02/17/04 by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
Just when I think we had made progress in our investigation regarding the 5.3 mg quake that was reported in the Yellowstone area on Feb. 6th, I receive notice of a new 3.5 mg. quake which hit this past Sunday. This new quake just happens to be almost in the "exact" location as last weeks 5.3. Is this a coincidence?
In my investigation, I spoke directly to the two high governing officials which would have the answers to my questions. Mr. Jim Case is the lead supervisor at the "Wyoming State Geological Survey" located in Laramie, WY. Read his comments later in this article.
I also spoke to Heidi Koontz, who is the assistant administrator of the USGS Center located in Golden, CO . When I questioned Ms. Koontz as to the confirmation of the Feb. 6th 5.3 mg. event, she stated that "yes, it did occur. Our scientist have looked into it, and after consulting the team led by Pam Benfield, seismologist at the USGS Center, it was determined the 5.3 EQ did in fact occur, and was caused by a "mine collapse" or "mine blast"…
Subject : ECTV/Breaking News - Near Asteroid Collision, Current X-Class Flare, New EQ So. of Yellowstone
New 4th EQ 200 Miles So. of Yellowstone Measures 3.5 mag. (2/25/04)
USGS is reporting a 3.5 magnitude quake occurred approx. 200 miles south of Yellowstone Super-Volcano. It registered near the Utah - Wyoming boarder. Notice has not been produced to determine if it is another "mine-blast" or earthquake. Interesting to say the least of this sudden implantation by the USGS of describing recent seismic activity as "mine-blast"…<<
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