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2006-01-31 12:26:42

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Ash from a steadily erupting volcano in south-central Alaska wafted slowly toward the southern Kenai Peninsula and grounded flights to and from Kodiak Island on Monday. Scientists reported that hot, gaseous pyroclastic flows were seen coursing down the volcano's slopes. Augustine Volcano's eruption at 6:48 a.m. marked the fourth straight day of eruptions and generated an ash plume reaching almost five miles into the skies above Cook Inlet. The ash was moving east and...

2006-01-28 03:20:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- After 10 days of relative calm, Alaska's Augustine Volcano roared back to life late on Friday, shooting a cloud of ash 40,000 feet into the sky. It was the 10th explosion since January 11, when the 4,134-foot (1,260-meter) volcano in southern Cook Inlet began an eruptive phase, reported the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a joint federal-state office. As of late Friday, there were no reports of ash settling onto any of the nearby communities, but some was expected to drift...

2006-01-17 17:45:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A volcano on an uninhabited island off the coast of Alaska erupted again on Tuesday, shooting ash miles (km) into the air, a scientist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. The eruption from the Augustine volcano, which is about 175 miles southwest of Anchorage, sent a cloud of ash 8.5 miles above sea level. It was the ninth eruption since the volcano rumbled to life last week. The National Weather Service issued advisories of ash fall, which poses a risk to people with...

2006-01-13 20:19:36

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Three explosions at Augustine Volcano, an island peak 171 miles southwest of Anchorage, sent ash clouds soaring nearly 10 miles above sea level on Friday, officials said. The explosions, lasting 3 1/2 to 11 minutes each, followed two similar events on Wednesday and were part of an eruptive period that could last for months, said Tina Neal, a geologist with the federal-state Alaska Volcano Observatory. "This is one big eruption period, and it's going to...

2006-01-13 20:04:06

Corrects first paragraph to read as high as 10 miles above sea level ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A trio of explosions at Augustine Volcano, an island peak 171 miles southwest of Anchorage, sent ash clouds that were reported as high as nearly 10 miles above sea level on Friday, officials said. The explosions, lasting 3 1/2 to 11 minutes each, followed two similar events on Wednesday and were part of an eruptive period that could last for months, said Tina Neal, a geologist with the...

2006-01-13 17:49:43

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A trio of explosions at Augustine Volcano, an island peak 171 miles southwest of Anchorage, sent ash clouds that were reported as high as nearly 5 miles above sea level on Friday, officials said. The explosions, lasting 3 1/2 to 11 minutes each, followed two similar events on Wednesday and were part of an eruptive period that could last for months, said Tina Neal, a geologist with the federal-state Alaska Volcano Observatory. "This is one big eruption...

2006-01-11 19:51:48

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Augustine Volcano, a conical-shaped peak 171 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted early on Wednesday with an ash cloud that rose to about 30,000 feet above sea level, officials said. The eruption followed months of elevated seismic activity at the island volcano and was no surprise, said Chris Waythomas, a U.S. Geological Survey geologist working at the joint federal-state Alaska Volcano Observatory. "We had a very good inkling that an eruption was...

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2006-01-07 08:55:21

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Augustine Volcano continued to show increased unrest this week with small steam explosions and small ash bursts coming from the summit. Michelle Coombs, a research geologist for the Alaska Volcano Observatory in Anchorage, said she got a firsthand look at the volcano this week. It looked much like it has in previous flights, except that there was less snow on the summit, perhaps due to increased activity at the top, she said. "We are keeping our eyes on things very...

2005-12-22 21:10:00

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A restless volcano near Alaska's most populated region is being watched by scientist and officials, who warned on Thursday of the risk of clouds of ash and a tsunami from a possible eruption. The intensifying rumblings in the past few weeks at Augustine Volcano, an island peak 175 miles southwest of Anchorage in Cook Inlet, have produced a series of steam explosions, releases of sulfur gas and signs that there may be an eruption similar to events...

2005-12-15 21:50:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A restless Alaskan volcano has been emitting steam and clouds of sulfur gas for a week, creating a bad odor in some of the nearby coastal communities, seismologists said on Thursday. Augustine Volcano, a 4,205-foot (1,282-meter), conical-shaped volcano on an island in south-central Alaska, had a small steam eruption on Thursday, the third in a week, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. There were no signs of an imminent major eruption, the observatory's...