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Yellowstone’s steamboat geyser is very active at the moment, and we don’t know why

A USGS image below shows the steam rising from the Steamboat Geyser, after an earlier eruption.
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Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser blasting and steam-water in the sky from 12:52 a.m., local time, on the 12th of June. Then, for three days, 3 hours and 48 minutes later at 4:40 pm on June 15 to the blasting of steam and water into the air, again, according to the u.s. Geological Survey’s (USGS’s Volcano Hazards Program. This is a new all-time high for the water heater, according to the Billings Gazette: in the shortest period of time ever recorded between the bursts.

But, don’t worry. The higher level of activity in a single water heater does not indicate a new threat, the Yellowstone caldera is the “supervolcano” hidden beneath the park, according to the USGS.

“Water heaters are supposed to break out, and most of them are part of our core activities, such as the Steam boat,” the agency wrote. [Infographic: Yellowstone’s Geology, Geysers, andVolcano]

In addition, the reports of the Steamboat’s eruptions only go back to 1982, the Billings Gazette pointed out. Yellowstone’s history is much older than that.

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The newspaper also reported that the eruptions were the most dramatic, large, and loud, with a dropping of a big rock, which smashed into a wooden post. They did not have a good, tried and tested theories to explain why it was in the water to slip in and out of the active periods of time, according to the Newspaper.

Generally, the rashes are suggesting that now is a good time to go to see the Steamboat Geyser blow it’s top. The one is a record of the total number of bursts in 2018 and 32 in the calendar year, according to the USGS. Though, in 2019, there will be a 24-explosions, six of them in June and as of this writing.

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