Rock Cracks Near Yellowstone Volcano Cause Urgent Park Closure

Rare | 2/19/2019 | Silke Jasso
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As if the world needed to get scarier, a 100-foot fissure has opened up in the Grand Teton National Park, not far from the potentially catastrophic Yellowstone volcano.

The giant crack located in the Wyoming-based national park has caused officials to conduct an “urgent closure” in the area in case of landslides. The Inspiration Point areas and The Hidden Falls are now closed due to an elevated potential for rockfall. Through a statement, park officials stated it is unknown how long the closure will be in effect, but geologists are monitoring the buttress for movement, and have initiated a risk assessment for the area.

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It is still unclear how the crack opened, but it is likely due to normal seismic activity in the area. Despite it being around 100 kilometers from the Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton sits over the Yellowstone super-volcano. What does this mean for that? Well, if it was indeed seismic activity beneath Grand Teton that caused the fissure, it could be a sign that Yellowstone is reawakening. I don’t know about you, but that scares the bones out of me.

Scientists say if the volcano were to erupt an estimated 87,000 people would be killed immediately, and two-thirds of the US would be at risk of becoming uninhabitable. The large spew of ashes would...
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