Monday, July 11, 2005

Anatahan's volcano eruptions should not affect Guam

Anatahan's volcano is still spewing steam and gases, but residents of Guam may not even notice, according to the National Weather Service.

"It is putting out ash and a little steam," said Carl McElroy, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service, noting that northeast winds have carried the plume westward to the Philippine Sea.

"It is well north of Saipan and Tinian," he said.

The volcanic island, located about 200 miles north of Guam, suddenly began erupting at 5 p.m. May 10, 2003, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The eruptions continued for half a month, sometimes blowing ash and the smell of rotten eggs over Saipan and Guam.

The volcano has had eruptions within the past years, sometimes spewing volcanic ash to Saipan and Guam. Advisories have been issued in the past for volcanic haze, which has made some students sick.

"Keep an eye on it," McElroy said, but added that the volcano has died down somewhat and people in the Marianas may not see much volcanic activity.

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