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Yellowstone Geyser Activity Increases Sparking Conversation Of Supervolcano Eruption Chances

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (CBSDFW.COM) — A historically dormant geyser in Yellowstone National Park has been anything but dormant recently — and visitors can’t get enough of the water show. It has also sparked conversation about whether a super-eruption could soon be expected in the region. Steamboat Geyser is now the world’s largest active geyser. It has erupted ten times in three months, but it wasn’t always so exciting. Before this year– Steamboat erupted ten times in nearly thirty years. According to officials, the activity is spurred on by a large magma field sitting just below the park. “There’s been a lot of hype about the Supervolcano of Yellowstone and the potential for a super eruption,” said Wendy Stovall of the United States Geological Survey (USGS). “There’s no evidence that we see from all of the monitoring equipment that we have that there would be a super eruption anytime soon.” Lava from a major eruption could cover multiple states with ash clouds stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles but the super volcano hasn’t erupted in 70,000 years so for now officials say visitors can focus on what the park really offers — a chance to see something spectacular.

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