The park is home to the desperate Yellowstone Cald – a supervilocano that gained its name for its ability to wreak havoc worldwide after eruption. Located below the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the area is monitored by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) for signs that such an eruption is ongoing. However, geologists were on guard during the Hagen Lake earthquake on the evening of August 1, 1959, which would inevitably create a new lake on the Madison River after the landslide.
The quake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, killed at least 26 people and damaged 9 million (more than আজ 200 million or 26 266 million today).
Ian Historian Larry Morris in his book ‘The 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake Disaster’ recalled memories scattered for a moment.
In a statement, he wrote: “Victor James, an Air Force warrant officer, said: ‘I heard a terrible noise.
“’I saw the whole mountain collapse. It was weird.
“I saw a lot of fighting during World War II, but I never heard such a roar.”
According to the text, another survivor said: “The roar sounds like the end of the world.”
Mr. Morris went into detail about how one of the visitors came within an inch of death.
He added: “Madison River Canyon in Montana, Irene and Purley (Pud) Bennett and their four children settled down just a few hours ago, staring at a spectacular full moon as they fell asleep.
“Then Irene and Pood woke up to an‘ incredible commotion ’.
“Pud shouted, ‘What’s going on?’ He got up but was caught in the disguise of wind, rock and water.
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“Then this landslide came to the bank of the Madison River and slapped the river bed and 30 feet of waves would flow up and down.”
And the campers felt the full force of the waves.
When the Madison River was displaced, huge walls of mud water and debris flowed over their camp site.
Mr Morris added: “The Bennett family had set up camp just below the river, one of which was hit by the tsunami.
“When he arrived, Irene was facing the river, pinned under a pine tree that would not get wet, wet and shivering from the cold.
“Her whole body felt bruised and bloody, her lips swollen.”
Thankfully, the Bennett family was rescued by emergency workers who responded to the devastation.
To bring back the horrors of more than half a century ago, the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center, located 227 miles north of West Yellowstone, can be visited by visitors to the area.
‘The Yellowstone Earthquake Disaster of 1959’ was published by The History Press in 2016 and is available for purchase here.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/1959- Illstone- Earth Earth-Disaster / DP / 1467119962