Stranger Than Fiction News claims Yellowstone National Park issued a State of Emergency in viral Facebook LIVE video
The video shows other volcanic eruptions while claiming Yellowstone is at a “fever pitch”
A 100-foot fissure was found in the Grand Teton National Park forcing the park to close two areas
The Facebook LIVE video was shared over 6,000 in under an hour
The caption with the video claimed a State of Emergency was issued for Yellowstone following a 100-foot fissure. The post also claimed tourists were being evacuated and that it was a media blackout.
BREAKING: YELLOWSTONE DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AS 100-FT FISSURE SPARKS URGENT PARK CLOSURE – TOURISTS EVACUATED – NEWS BLACKOUT – SUPERVOLCANO ACTIVITY REACHING FEVER PITCH
The video was shared over 6,000 times in not even an hour as people did not care to fact check the claim what-so-ever before hitting the share button. There is no indication that Yellowstone has issued a State of Emergency.
The video was ended roughly an hour after it began. In total, it was shared over 9,000 times and had over 200,000 viewers; showing how quickly false information can spread across social media due to people not fact checking.
Where the post is partially correct is there was a 100-foot fissure. However, it was not at Yellowstone. The fissure occurred nearby Yellowstone at Grand Teton National Park. The fissure forced the park to close two areas but did not cause any of the apocalyptic carnage Stranger Than Fiction News is suggesting is occurring at this moment.
The Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point areas are currently closed due to elevated potential for rockfall.
The area was closed to protect human safety on July 10 after expanding cracks in a rock buttress were detected.
It is unknown how long the closure will be in effect. Geologists are monitoring the buttress for movement and have initiated a risk assessment for the area.
Grand Teton sits over 100 kilometers from Yellowstone but still rests over the supervolcano. Some have said if it was Grand Teton that caused the fissure it could be a sign of Yellowstone reawakening.
The idea of Yellowstone erupting is beyond alarming as some have estimated 87,000 people would die instantly and two-thirds of American would be inhabitable. The ash is expected to block out the sun, causing a “Nuclear Winter”.