Yellowstone volcano LIVE update: West thumb Geyser Basin activity unusual | Science | News


A third eruption has rocked the at the National Park today, according to geologists.

The eruption shook parts of the West Thumb Geyser Basin, marking the third reported eruption in six weeks. 

The national park has was hit by another eruption as early as Friday, at the Steamboat Geyser, the largest of its kind in the world.

The eruption has caused widespread fear of a volcanic blast in the area. 

However, geologists at the park have been quick to clarify that the seismic activity and eruptions are not yet indicative of a more destructive volcanic eruption brewing beneath Wyoming.

Here are the latest live updates below. All times in GMT.

13:00 update: Will there be a supervolcano eruption?

The last time the Steamboat Geyser erupted three times in a year was in 2003, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

Dr Michael Poland, the scientist in charge of the observatory at Yellowstone, claimed the frequency of the latest eruptions simply reflected “randomness”. 

He explained that a real indicator of imminent danger would be if the underground hydrothermal systems beneath the geyser dried up, which would indicate magma was getting closer to the surface.

Yellowstone National Park also tweeted: “Like most geysers, eruptions of Steamboat can’t be predicted, they may be days or decades apart.”

However, according to the National Park Service and Reuters, the pattern did reflect “unusual activity”. 

12:45pm update: The history of eruptions at Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park houses the largest geyser in the world, Steamboat, an active geyser known to spew boiling water 91 metres into the air. 

Steamboat has seen a flurry of activity recently, erupting for the third time in six weeks on Friday.

Yellowstone rests on top of a violent supervolcano measuring 70km across.

The recent activity has caused scientists to fear an eruption of the super volcano which could cause devastating damage.

The last time Yellowstone erupted was 70,000 years ago.



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