Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for 4th time in 60 years This May 15, 2018 file photo, shows Steamboat Geyser emitting a small jet of steam in Yellowstone National Park. (Rachel Leathe /Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP/AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for 4th time in 60 years

There is a a thermal spring near Old Faithful. It is in Yellowstone National Park. It has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years. That's according to a park official.

Ear Spring on Yellowstone's Geyser Hill went from being dormant on Saturday to spewing steam and water. The height was between between 20 and 30 feet high. It is a height not recorded since 1957. That's according to park spokesman Neal Herbert. It has since continued to erupt at a near-constant height of about 2 feet, he said.

Ear Spring is named for its resemblance to the shape of a human ear. It is one of dozens of geysers, pools and hot springs in Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin. These are among the park's top attractions that feature the popular Old Faithful. Ear Spring last erupted in 2004.

The eruption is among the new thermal activity seen over the last several days on Geyser Hill. It is just across the Firehole River from Old Faithful.

The activity includes new erupting vents and surface fractures. It has led park officials to close a boardwalk in the popular Upper Geyser Basin. This to prevent people from being injured by scalding water splashing on the popular boardwalk trail.

Yellowstone's thermal basins sometimes undergo significant changes in short amounts of time. But the new eruptions are not a sign of impending volcanic activity. That's according to Herbert.

The changes are continuing and could lead to new or different closures in the basin, he said.

"It's still in flux," Herbert said. "There is still water flowing in new places and some of the springs that had been dormant have been erupting nearly constantly."

Ear Spring isn't the first dormant geyser to come to life this year. In March, the world's largest active geyser began the first in a series of eruptions. This happened for the first time since 2014.

Steamboat geyser's eruptions can reach heights of 300 to 400 feet, compared to Old Faithful's 130-foot average.

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  • ethanm-orv
    10/04/2018 - 02:41 p.m.

    I wish I could've seen that. I've heard of ole faithful.

  • ZaineI-dec
    10/05/2018 - 08:02 a.m.

    I like geysers.

  • Sarah-E2
    10/05/2018 - 11:00 a.m.

    Yellowstone thermal spring erupts for fourth time in 60 years

    This article says that a thermal spring erupted in yellowstone.
    I think that this article was very interesting. The title caught my eye. I think we should keep alert just in case we need to evacuate. This article was very interesting and I learned some new things.

  • AydenL-dec
    10/09/2018 - 09:36 a.m.

    This is a nice story I enjoy reading about the water springs,

  • ethanm-orv
    10/09/2018 - 12:26 p.m.

    I would love to watch a thermal spring erupt. I wonder what the difference between a theral spring and a hot spring is?

  • joeyw-orv
    10/09/2018 - 12:29 p.m.

    Springs are hot because of the magma near them. This causes evaporation and steam to make a jet volcano sort of thing. This erupts and makes a spring eruption.

  • jordanw-orv1
    10/09/2018 - 12:34 p.m.

    I heard that some time in the next 5 to 10 years the volcano nicknamed super volcano in Yellowstone parch will erupt causing the deaths of many Americans and America will become one of th weakest country's in the world even though right now we are one of the strongest country's in the world. There was even a movie made about the super volcano erupting.

  • destinys-orv
    10/09/2018 - 12:45 p.m.

    This article says that a thermal spring erupted in Yellowstone.I think that this article was very interesting.The title caught my eye.I think we should keep alert just in case we need to evacuate.

  • CassidyW-dec
    10/18/2018 - 09:50 a.m.

    That's really cool!! I was there in 2015 Or 2016. It was really fun to see!!!!

  • GageR-lam
    10/26/2018 - 11:57 a.m.

    I wish I could have been there to see it, I only have been to Yellowstone once and that was to see ole faithful. And I was lucky enough to see ole faithful erupt.

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