The Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park broke decades-old records when it erupted for the 30th time in 2018 Saturday.
Yellowstone National Park reports Saturday’s eruption surpasses the all-time record for the number of documented eruptions in a calendar year which was 29 in 1964.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the geyser erupted at 1:07 a.m.
It has been 9 days, 4 hours and 30 minutes since it last erupted. This was the longest interval between eruptions since August. Since then, the geyser had been following a semi-regular pattern of erupting about every five to seven days.
“The heightened activity at Steamboat this year is uncommon but not unprecedented. We have seen similar activity twice previously; once in the early 1960s, and again in the early 1980s. Conversely, the world’s tallest active geyser has also exhibited years of quiescence or no major eruptions, with the longest being the 50-year period between 1911 and 1961,” said Jeff Hungerford, Yellowstone’s park geologist. “We’ll continue to monitor this extraordinary geyser.”
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