Sunday, July 13, 2008

Alaska Volcano, on Umnak Island, Erupts

Okmok Volcano, on Umnak Island, one of the small islands in Alaska’s Aleutian chain, erupted on Saturday. The island is located about 900 miles southeast of Anchorage and about 65 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor, a major fishing port.

Starting before noon on Saturday, the eruption continued through the night. Ten people who live close to the volcano were evacuated. People in Dutch Harbor were seeing light ashfall and there were complaints of eye irritation and ‘being able to taste it’.

Okmok Volcano has erupted 16 times since 1805, about once every 10 to 20 years. This is the first eruption since 1997.

For the full story: Alaska volcano erupts; island residents evacuated

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