Russian-speaking tourist went to jail for trying to photograph a geyser in Yellowstone - ForumDaily
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Russian-speaking tourist went to jail for trying to photograph a geyser in Yellowstone

A man was sentenced to seven days in jail and fined $1500 after breaking into Norris's Valley of Geysers and coming within about 10 meters of Steamboat, the world's tallest and most dangerous active hot spring. Park officials reported the incident on June 13. The violating tourist is prohibited from visiting Yellowstone National Park for two years, the site writes. SF Gate.


Authorities arrived on scene after a park employee spotted a visitor stepping off the boardwalk. A photo taken by an employee showed the man "apparently crossing the fence and up the hill" as he approached the geyser, the press release said.

When the spring erupts, it throws water with a temperature of over 70 degrees Celsius to a height of almost a hundred meters. It's an impressive sight. A water fountain can knock down pine trees. The deafening roar of water can wake up a sleeping tourist within a radius of up to 3 kilometers.

Unlike Old Faithful, which erupts at more-or-less regular hourly intervals, Steamboat geyser typically erupts at intervals ranging from 3 to 89 days, with three large bursts of hot water reported this year in February, April and May.

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Signs posted throughout the park warn of the dangers of walking in the unpredictable geothermal terrain and the illegality of venturing off designated boardwalks. The mineral-laden water from geysers can even damage the paint and glass of cars.

Victor Pyshnyuk, 21, of Lynnwood, Washington, said he "stepped off the path to take a photo." He was sentenced June 4 by U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Hambrick. She said Pyshnyuk's actions could have set a bad example for other visitors who watched as the intruder climbed the almost meter-long fence of the path.

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“Trespassing into restricted thermal areas of Yellowstone National Park is dangerous and detrimental to natural resources,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Eric Heimann. “If we have compelling evidence that a person knowingly ignored prohibition signs and entered a restricted thermal area, federal prosecutors will seek severe penalties for the violator, including prison time.”

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