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Courtesy Bill Burton and Dave Schneider, AVO/USGS

 

After two eruptions in as many days, scientists are closely watching a volcano in the eastern Aleutians. There’s no equipment on Bogoslof volcano, but The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is keeping tabs with satellite imagery and nearby seismic monitors.

 

Bogoslof volcano is tiny -- like city park tiny. The uninhabited island is less than a quarter of the size  of Central Park in New York City.

Bogoslof Erupts Again

Dec 21, 2016
T. Keith, U.S. Geological Survey

 

A volcano in the eastern Aleutian Islands has erupted for the second time in two days prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) to issue its highest alert level for aviation. Both eruptions threw ash about 35,000 ft into the air.

 

T. Keith, U.S. Geological Survey

A volcano in the eastern Aleutians erupted suddenly Tuesday afternoon prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) to issue its highest alert level for aviation. The alert has since been downgraded.

Bogoslof volcano is on an uninhabited island 60 miles northwest of Unalaska.

Bogoslof Volcano Erupts

Dec 20, 2016
T. Keith, U.S. Geological Survey

A volcano in the eastern Aleutians erupted suddenly Tuesday afternoon. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) says several pilots reported seeing an ash cloud about 34,000 feet above Bogoslof volcano.

Bogoslof volcano is on an uninhabited island 60 miles northwest of Unalaska.

Unalaska's Christmas Bird Count Is Sunday

Dec 15, 2016
(Josh Keaton/NOAA/NMFS/AKRO/SFD)

This Sunday, December 18, bird watchers in Unalaska will turn out for the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. Twenty-seven birders in Canada and the Lower 48 participated in the first count in 1900. This year marks the 117th Christmas Bird Count.

Melissa Cady is a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuge. She says this count is the longest running citizen science project in the country.

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