Yellowstone to Become Best Monitored Hot Spots in World

HELENA, Mont. -- The Yellowstone "supervolcano" will soon be among the best monitored hot spots in the world with the installation of new earthquake monitoring equipment.

The park is getting 10 new seismic monitoring stations over the next two years, which will be used jointly at the observatory by the U.S. Geological Survey, Yellowstone National Park and the University of Utah.

Funding for the project will come from a portion of $950,000 in Recovery Act money given to the observatory.

Yellowstone rests in a caldera that is one of the world's largest volcanoes, known as a supervolcano. One feature of the system will be a new alarm system that will allow smaller seismic events to be posted directly to the Internet.