I am a survivor of the 7.5
1959 Yellowstone earthquake. We were the Painter family of five. We were camped in the Rock Creek Campground which was partially buried, when a three quarter of mile wide section of the mountain broke loose from the earthquake. This sent rocks, boulders, dirt and trees down at 100 miles an hour into the camp ground and nearby Madison river. It was sheer terror that night. My mother died from her injuries in a hospital where she was later taken. I often wonder my life was spared while nineteen vacationers, many entire families, were wiped out in seconds.
Please visit West Yellowstone and the quake visitor center you won't be disappointed. The center had been closed for renovations, and just reopened again on Memorial Day weekend.
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