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Roaring to Life
Credit: Anita Brown/NPS
Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser erupted for the first time in eight years on Wednesday (July 31) afternoon, drenching delighted viewers who stood in the spray from the safety of a nearby boardwalk.
The unexpected blast occurred at 7:30 p.m. MDT (9:30 p.m. EDT), shooting water and steam 200 to 300 feet (60 to 90 meters) into the air. The spectacular display lasted nine minutes, but the steam continued through the night, said Dan Hottle, a spokesman for Yellowstone National Park. After the geyser exhausts its water supply, steam usually continues to vent for about 24 hours, he said.
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