Yellowstone is active right now! “Steamboat” geyser erupts July 31, 2013, after 8 years!!
Steamboat is located in the Norris Geyser Basin. Water temperature nearby spiked when it erupted.
A 2.6 earthquake hit on August 2, 2013, days after with a depth of 6.5 miles deep. Is the earthquake from yesterday more of a sign the region is becoming more active?
In the past, geologists have tried to link Steamboat’s explosions to outside forces, such as earthquakes and increases in yearly precipitation. But the reasoning on how and why are still unknown and unpredictable. This earthquake came after the eruption.
Yellowstone’s last eruption was 70,000 years ago with lava… Currently there are only hydrothermal explosions.
The last major and most recent recorded earthquake was a 7.3 earthquake in 1959 killing 29 people.