Yellowstone tsunami: Earthquake ‘sent 30ft waves’ over park 'sounded like ...

A YELLOWSTONE earthquake triggered a tsunami which "sent 30-foot waves" over the campsite, leading one to proclaim "it sounded like the end of the world".

PUBLISHED: 13:31, Sat, Nov 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:32, Sat, Nov 28, 2020

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The park is home to the daunting Yellowstone caldera – a supervolcano that gets its name due to its capability to inflict global devastation in the event of an eruption. Located below the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the area is constantly monitored by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) for signs that such an eruption is on its way. But, geologists were caught off guard on the evening of August 17, 1959, during the Hebgen Lake earthquake which would inevitably create a new lake on the Madison River following a landslide.


The devastating 7.5 magnitude quake took the lives of 28 people and caused more than £9million (£200 or £266million today) in damage.

Historian Larry Morris recalled the gripping minute-by-minute saga in his book ‘The 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake Disaster’.

Detailing an account, he wrote: “Air force warrant officer Victor James said: ‘I heard a terrible rumble and looked up.

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“‘I saw the whole mountain crumbling. It was awful.

Yellowstone was hit with a huge earthquakeYellowstone was hit with a huge earthquake (Image: GETTY)

The earthquake caused considerable damageThe earthquake caused considerable damage (Image: GETTY)

“‘I saw a lot of fighting during World War 2, but I never heard such a roar’.”

According to the text, another survivor said: “The roar sounded like the end of the world.”

Mr Morris went on to detail how one of the visitors came within inches of death.

He added: “Camping out in Montana’s Madison River Canyon, Irene and Purley (Pud) Bennett and their four children had settled just a few hours earlier, gazing up at a spectacular full Moon as they drifted asleep.

“Then Irene and Pud woke up to an ‘incredible rumbling sound’.

"Pud yelled, ‘What’s happening?’ He stood up but was caught in the maelstrom of wind, rocks and water.

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