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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 19:49:28

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Search crews in Costa Rica found the bodies of a U.S. couple on Tuesday after their single-engine airplane crashed against a volcano, Red Cross officials said. The single engine Beechcraft piloted by a man and his wife, both from Des Moines, Iowa, disappeared on Sunday from San Jose radar screens while flying in the vicinity of Irazu Volcano, some 17 km (11 miles) east of San Jose. Bad weather prevented authorities from finding the wreckage in rugged...

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...

2006-01-05 08:46:16

MT. KILIMANJARO, Tanzania (Reuters) - Three American tourists were killed when rocks tumbled down Mount Kilimanjaro and smashed into climbers preparing to scale the peak of Africa's highest mountain, officials said on Thursday. Five others, three Americans and two Tanzanians, were injured in the rock slide close to Arrow Glacier base camp on Wednesday, said James Wakibara, chief warden at Mount Kilimanjaro Park. The camp, at an altitude of some 4,700 meters (15,500 ft), lies on one...


Latest Stratovolcanoes Reference Libraries

Jabal al-Tair Island
2014-04-10 11:56:15

Jabal al-Tair Island, known by many other names including Tair Island and Jebel Teir, is a volcanic island that is located in the Red Sea and is under the jurisdiction of Yemen. It reaches an elevation of 801 feet and is about 1.9 miles in length. The island is comprised of Jabal al-Tair, a stratovolcano that was considered extinct in 1982, although it erupted in 2007. In 1900, the British Admiralty described the volcano as having a steep, conical shape, making it a good landmark for ships...

Askja
2014-04-09 16:13:20

Askja is an active stratovolcano that is located in the isolated central highlands in Iceland. It reaches an elevation of 4,974 feet and its name literally means caldera, or box, in the Icelandic language. The area can only be reached during a period of a few months and because it located in the rain shadow of the Vatnajökull glacier to the northeast, it only receives 17.7 inches of rain per year. One of Askja’s smaller craters holds a lake known as Öskjuvatn, which is often frozen over...

Volcán Tacaná
2014-04-09 11:04:28

Volcán Tacaná, also known as Volcán Tacina in Mexico, the Tacaná Volcano, or simply Tacaná, is an active stratovolcano that is located in the San Marcos Department of Guatemala and in the Cacahoatán and Unión Juárez Municipalities of Chiapas, a Mexican state. It reaches an elevation of 13,320 feet and is part of the Central America Volcanic Arc. It is one of many volcanoes in the Central American Core volcanic chain, which helps support diverse and sensitive ecosystems. Volcán...

Santa María Volcano
2014-04-09 10:58:40

Santa María Volcano is an active stratovolcano that is located in Guatemala and is part of the Sierra Madre, a string of volcanoes that stretches across the western side of Guatemala. The volcanoes in this string were formed by subduction activity, when the Cocos Plate moved under the Caribbean Plate. An eruption in 1902 produced a crater that now holds a lava dome known as Santiaguito, which was created during another eruption in 1922. These domes hold active vents and in 1929, part of the...

Mount Kerinci
2014-04-08 13:32:05

Mount Kerinci, known by many other names including Gunung Kerinci, Berapi Kurinci, and Peak of Indrapura, is an active stratovolcano that is located in Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. It reaches an elevation of 12,484 feet, making it the tallest volcano in Indonesia, and is located within Kerinci Seblat National Park. This volcano features fifteen lakes, the largest of which are Kerinci Lake and Gunung Tujuh Lake. The summit holds a deep crater that is sometimes slightly filled by a...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
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