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USGS: Yellowstone Volcano Misconceptions

Biscuit Basin eruption

Every few days we receive an email or tweet from someone warning us to prepare for the coming apocalypse, as they’re repeating one of the many Yellowstone volcano misconceptions floating around teh intraweb.

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Yellowstone Area Webcams: Yellowstone Volcano Observatory

This portable and temporary webcam, installed by the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, is currently installed at Lake Butte toward Steamboat Point, Mary Bay and the north shore of Yellowstone Lake. It updates hourly, is powered by solar energy, and will be moved to various places of interest relevant to geologic hazards at Yellowstone National Park. It shuts down nightly to conserve energy.

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As Earthquakes, Eruptions Rock Rest of World, Yellowstone is Quiet

Yellowstone National Park

As the rest of the world and the Western United States deal with high-profile volcanic and seismic activity, the natural question is whether the Yellowstone supervolcano is ready to blow. So far there's little sign of anything like that on the horizon.

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Destination Yellowstone

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If you told your friends or family that you were going to spend some of your vacation in an active volcano, they might think you were crazy. Yet every year more than three million people do exactly that. Yellowstone National Park is a volcano. Almost everything that is special in Yellowstone is the result of being one of the world’s largest active volcanoes, in fact, a super-volcano. Fortunately, Yellowstone’s current volcanic activity is limited to hot water and earthquakes -- no eruptions, flowing magma, or cataclysmic explosions. Yellowstone did the cataclysmic explosion thing about 640,000 years ago and is resting for a possible encore in some more tens of thousands of years. Yellowstone the volcano is not going to erupt anytime soon.

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