Steamboat Geyser Erupts in Yellowstone National Park in US (+Photo)

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 2, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Yellowstone National Park had a steamboat geyser eruption on Friday, for the first time in eight years.

The blast, lasting nine minutes, sent steaming hot water an estimated 200 to 300 feet in the air, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, citing park geologist Hank Heasler

No one knows when the geyser will explode next.

It’s gone as long as 50 years without a major, while in 1964 it erupted a record 29 times.

Steamboat is the biggest geyser at the park, out of 500.

The eruption at 7:30 p.m. on July 31 drew onlookers. 

“It was an amazing experience. This thing sounded like a locomotive,” Robb Long, a freelance photographer from Sioux Falls, S.D., said. “Everybody was frantic, taking pictures. People were running down there trying to get to it before it went away, and park rangers were running around trying to gather up people so they didn’t get too close.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.