Yellowstone volcano eruption: ‘Life or death’ prep for supervolcano emergency underway
MORE than 20 police, fire and rescue vehicles descended upon the area around Yellowstone supervolcano this week to prepare for what could be a “life or death” emergency.
Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs confirmed that there could be a supervolcano eruption imminently – and that they were putting themselves through their paces so that they were ready for any eventuality.
Spokesman Morgan Warthin said: “Every opportunity like this, every training opportunity reveals both where our strengths are.
“But also how we can improve.”
Mr Warthin knows that emergency services will need to be absolutely prepared if a catastrophe strikes near Mammoth in Yellowstone National Park.
The Yellowstone spokesman also discussed the challenges his team will face if there is a supervolcanic eruption at Yellowstone.
He said: “You know, the number one challenge is we are remote, so it takes a while to get to Yellowstone.”
During the simulation, family members of park employees, Xanterra employees and residents of Gardiner gave up their time to play the role of victims in the exercise.
When the test run began, responders from eight different agencies inside and outside the park dealt with the situation well.
This encouraged all involved in the simulation, as there is rarely any telling when Yellowstone might erupt.
In fact experts at Yellowstone National Park claim to have seen the Steamboat Geyser erupt last month.
The park service made the announcement about the world’s tallest active geyser in March, as geologists compared the accounts to thermal sensors in the area.
Steamboat Geyser is in the Norris Geyser Basin, which is closed to vehicle access at the moment for spring plowing.
Meanwhile earlier this year seismologists from UNAVCO, a nonprofit university-governed consortium, revealed the volcano was “under strain”.
Yellowstone spokesman said the test went well
“You can’t travel as fast on those roads. So, often the response is going to take a little bit longer. (Click to Source)