Yellowstone Geyser Erupts for First Time in Eight Years, Over 200 Feet High
On Wednesday evening, visitors to Yellowstone National park were able to see one of the highest shooting geysers in the park blast off for the first time in a long time.
Unlike the park's most famous geyser Old Faithful, Steamboat Geyser doesn't like to be predictable.
"This is the first time in eight years that Steamboat has gone off," said park spokesman Dan Hottle. "May 23, of 2005 was the last eruption. Now we mainly pay attention to major eruptions and that geyser is one of the highest in Yellowstone, between 200 and 300 feet. So, it best Old Faithful when it does go off, but it is unreliable."
Hottel says that Steamboat Geyser has only erupted eight times in the last twenty five years. Some say that Steamboat may be the highest shooting geyser in the world.
The video above is of the "steam" phase of the eruption which occurs after the blast phase. Apparently, no one had their camera on during the main event.