COOL IMAGES: Thar She Blows

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Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 827
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.827a

Earning its reputation as the most active volcano in Cook Inlet, Alaska, Augustine has erupted seven times since it was discovered by James Cook in 1778. A particularly violent blast, in 1883, sent a tsunami racing 80 kilometers to the east with waves as high as 9 meters. During the most recent eruption, in 1986, ash rose up to 12 kilometers and disrupted air traffic. Find Augustine's rugged portrait and information on more than 50 other Alaskan volcanoes—including geologic maps and detailed hazard assessments—at the online atlas assembled by the Alaska Volcano Observatory, based in Anchorage and Fairbanks. State and federal officials set up the observatory in 1988 to keep close tabs on Augustine and three other volcanoes.

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