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Volcano in Alaska erupts again, closing schools and canceling flights
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 14 - 01 - 2006


Snowflakes laced with fine, gray ash
fell on communities south of Anchorage as a series of
volcanic eruptions continued early Saturday on an
uninhabited island dozens of miles (kilometers) away, AP reported.
Plumes of ash from the volcano drifted across Cook Inlet
and into Homer, 75 miles (121 kilometers) to the northeast,
halting air travel and closing schools in some Kenai
Peninsula communities Friday.
In Seldovia, 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Homer, city
manager Kurt Reynertson noticed a fine dusting of ash on
cars, but he said «That's the only way I was able to pick
up that there was ash falling.»
The 4,134-foot (1,240-meter) Augustine Volcano began
erupting Wednesday after a 20-year lull. By Saturday
morning, it had erupted at least eight time, and scientists
at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said they expect more
eruptions over the next several days or weeks.
«I see no reason they would stop,» said Stephanie
Prejean, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
The National Weather Service warned about 16,000 residents
of the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island to the south about
the ash cloud, which could pose a health risk, especially
for people with respiratory problems.
Alaska Airlines also canceled 28 flight into Anchorage and
Fairbanks on Friday and early Saturday as a safety
precaution. Ash can damage the engines of aircraft and
vehicles on the ground.


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