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The Novarupta Volcano

Bruce Ricketts

On June 6, 1912, Mt. Novarupta, in central Alaska, exploded into a fiery volcano.  The eruption was preceded by a series of severe earth rumblings.

Over the many weeks of continued erupting over 700 feet of ash was deposited in the vicinity of the dome.  Trees were smashed, all vegetation was killed and the air became thick with acidic fumes.

The ash was so thick that at nearby Kodiak, for two days following the eruption, local residents could not see a lantern held at arm's length.

When Novarupta exploded, nearby  Mount Katmai collapsed.  The result of the cataclysm was 14 quakes of magnitude 6 to 7 rocked the region, and countless smaller shocks occurred.

What, you may ask does this US volcano have to do with Canada?

Within days of the eruption the cloud of acidic gas spewed from the mountain had reach as far south as Vancouver.  Resident's laundry hung out to dry started to disappear.  The volcano's acidic cloud was dissolving the laundry away!

09/08/2008

 

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