No Need to Fear Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Erupting For Now

Concerns have been growing in regard to Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser triggering a catastrophic eruption, after it started erupting again in 2018.

The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory reported that Steamboat set a record by erupting an extraordinary 32 times in 2018, a personal record for the geyser for a single calendar year. As of this writing, it has erupted another 6 times in 2019.

While it needs to be watched, geologists say so far there have been no underlying changes to the heat source which propels geysers, nor have there been any geological changes. For that reason we should’t be concerned about Yellowstone erupting in a cataclysmic event in the near future.

For now, as far as geysers go, Steamboat has been acting in a typical manner in terms of having these sporadic, unpredictable eruptions.

The eruptions at Steamgoat geyser aren’t’ the only concerns though, as in November 2018 alone, there were a total of 126 earthquakes in the park.

This is a good lessen for those looking for ways to lessen the impact of potential disasters. It’s important to get the full story concerning potential natural disasters we don’t fully understand, as many can start to panic when there is nothing to fear. That in itself can create risks that otherwise wouldn’t have needed to be taken.

If Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser does ever go through a catastrophic eruption, it could be very dangerous, not only for people living in the area, but for a large number of people in the U.S. and Canada.


For more information on Yellowstone geysers, it would be worth checking out The Geysers of Yellowstone, Fifth Edition, known as the “bible” of Yellowstone geysers.


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