Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Augustine getting full of steam

Despite a decrease in activity, scientists say pressure is building at Augustine Volcano. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says it's likely that the growing lava dome is sealing off vents in the volcano and trapping gases.

In reviewing GPS data, scientists have noted a two to three inch change in diameter since February 10, indicating that the volcano is once again swelling.

An eruption could happen again at anytime, but scientists say it would most likely be less powerful than the large eruptions that disrupted air traffic in January.

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