Sunday, January 15, 2006

Alaskans on Volcano Alert

Jan. 14: Alaska’s Augustine Volcano continued to spew smoke and ash after erupting this week for the first time in 20 years. Dan Fiorucci reports. Eruptions put Alaskans on volcano alert-article

NANWALEK, Alaska -- Towering blasts of ash and steam from an uninhabited island volcano in south-central Alaska will likely continue for days or weeks, but scientists say there's little chance of a catastrophic eruption. Article Source

Hoping the scientists are correct on this, however it sure makes you wonder with so many disasters going on around the world. I would think ones would be checking on their evacuation plan. With our hurricane history and what is predicted for our upcoming years, we have to stay prepared here in South Florida.

Surprisingly, there is no consensus among volcanologists on how to define an active volcano. The lifespan of a volcano can vary from months to several million years, making such a distinction sometimes meaningless when compared to the lifespans of humans or even civilizations.
Volcanoes.usgs.gov glossary

Alaska Volcano Observatory: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/
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