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Expert Discusses Volcano Predictions And Natural Disasters

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The last eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano was 70,000 years ago. A volcano expert was in Livingston on Thursday, talking to people about the likelihood of another eruption.

"It's been 600,040 days since the last eruption," said Jake Lowenstern, Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

A scientist with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, Jake Lowenstern said it will be several thousand more years before the next.

"There will be events again like the Supervolcano in Yellowstone, but you might have to wait another 10-thousand years before it happens," said Lowenstern.

He said before an eruption were to occur in Yellowstone, there will be many warning signs.

"There's going to be more earthquakes and the ground is going to move more," said Lowenstern.

Still, he said Yellowstone's thermal areas include features that could cause small-scale disasters at any time.

"The Geyser system at Yellowstone can be unstable at times and it can hurl rocks and throw them out," said Lowenstern. "We get earthquake swarms. We have the ground moving up and down at Yellowstone."

Earthquakes and explosions at Geyser can also cause problems.

"It could cause damage to the rivers and some flooding," said Lowenstern. "It's going to put some ash into the air and the ash could certainly get out to the communities out here."

Livingston City Manager, Ed Meece said the city is prepared for more likely disasters such as flooding or wildfires.
 
"We have both good teams in City and County Government," said Ed Meece Livingston City Manager. "We need to make sure of is that we have our internal communication open at all times. We need to also make sure our emergency operation center is prepared and our senior officials understand the difference between policy and operation."

He said there are a couple things you can do to make sure you are prepared for a disaster.

"People should have food and bottled water available. They should have enough materials to last them at least 48 to 72 hours," said Meece. 

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