100-foot crack at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming have prompted
officials to close certain areas to tourists.
Falls and Inspiration Point are now closed to tourists due to a
possible safety hazard and park rangers are initiating a risk
assessment, according to a statement from
the National Park Service.
David Vela said, “Human safety is our number one priority, and with
an abundance of caution we are temporarily closing this area until we
can properly assess the situation.”
Falls, at Grand Teton National Park, is seen above. A portion of the
park was closed due to large cracks and fissures that appeared.
crack in the rock face is a common rockfall-related hazard, according
to a source at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Teton National Park sits near the Yellowstone supervolcano, which
last erupted 630,000 years ago and ejected 240 cubic miles of rock,
ash and volcanic dust into the sky and left a 34 mile by 50 mile
depression in the ground.
view of Jenny Lake as seen from Inspiration Point, one of the areas
closed by Grand Teton National Park officials. (NPS)
there was an eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, which
government officials and scientists have said is unlikely,
the result would be a devastating amount of ash and sulfur spewed
into the air. That in turn could destroy crops and even alter the
powerful eruption of
Mount Tambura in 1815 lowered global temperatures, triggered extreme
weather and led to crop failures.
said they do not know how long the closure will remain in place.