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Aug 5, 2013 9:52 AM by Stephen Bowers

Geyser at Yellowstone erupts

About 30-40 visitors to Yellowstone Park on Wednesday last week (July 31) got a rare treat when the park's Steamboat Geyser erupted for the first time in eight years.

LiveScience says the eruption of steam and water happened at about 7:30 PM MDT Wednesday, and the water and steam was hurled up to 300 feet into the air. Even after the water supply is used up, the geyser usually continues to vent steam for around 24 hours following the eruption. Steamboat Geyser used up its water in about nine minutes, and the steam continued through the night.

The eruptions are highly unpredictable.

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