Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ash advisory due to Augustine's volcanic activity

A volcano on an uninhabited Alaskan island was erupting again after 10 days of relative calm.
The first eruption in a series that started Friday night and continued into Saturday shot a cloud of ash almost six miles into the air, said geologist Jim Vallance of the U.S. Geological Survey.

The eruptions prompted the National Weather Service to issue an ash advisory for Kodiak Island to the southeast and a warning for pilots in the area.

Augustine Volcano had been quiet for 20 years until early January, when an eruption dusted the Kenai Peninsula with ash.

The 4,134-foot volcano is about 180 miles from Anchorage.

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