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Novarupta, the Volcanic Eruption You've Never Heard Of...

Friday, June 08, 2012

Wednesday was the anniversary of the Novarupta eruption, the largest one of the 20th century. If' you've never heard of Novarupta, don't be surprised... I hadn't either, and I live in Alaska. Besides, like the famous eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 and Mt. Mazama, Crater Lake, the mountain doesn't really exist anymore since it blew it's top. It's now a national park better known as The Valley of 10,000 Smokes, and is still a volcanically active area, although not currently erupting.

Loving geology as I do, I still remember being impressed as a school child when I read about the huge eruption of Krakatoa and how the world's weather was influenced by all the ash ejected. None of the teachers that I had in school ever mentioned the Katmai eruption.

I never realized that the eruption was 30 times larger than the relatively recent eruption in 1980 of Mt. St. Helen's. It was loud enough to be heard in Juneau, 800 miles away and covered the island of Kodiak in a foot of ash.

I am so glad it happened in 1912 instead of now! I've had to clean up ash twice from two very small local eruptions, and I can't imagine dealing with deep ash fall.

If you're interested in more information, and photos too, here is the link to our local news channel's story.
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REDBUD1 6/28/2012 10:07PM

    Interesting information. I took a couple of year of geology in college - glad you like it. I didn't care for it, but can appreciate the earth we live on more because of it. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LJCANNON 6/27/2012 1:52AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing this!! I thought Tornados were bad (I'm in Oklahoma) but I can't even imagine having to clean up after an explosion like that!!

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JOANOFSPARK 6/27/2012 1:16AM

    Thanks for sharing... I did not realize that....though I was sure watching when that last volcano erupted.....I have a friend who lives in Alaska and she could see the fire from where she lived but was across from it with water between so she said they were safe...That's totally interesting. I will have to go read more about it. Anything about geology intrigues me.

Just looked up the list of volcanoes in Alaska that is incredible. There are sooo me shivers just thinking about it. emoticon

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DIVEMASTER01 6/15/2012 4:13PM

    Very cool Carolyn, glad we don't have volcanoes in Wisconsin. Thanks for sharing :)


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EFFIEANNIE 6/11/2012 7:41AM

    Very interesting- I never heard of it you're right. Thanks for sharing the link. I've been to Mt. St. Helens, that was amazing in itself. Sue

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1BEACHWALKER 6/10/2012 1:10AM

    Never heard of this or the park. Very interesting- I love to read about historical happenings! That is something only one person died and she lived 160 miles away! Yikes! It would be scary to live anywhere near a volcano! Always wonder why people do that! But, when you live in a beautiful place like you do, I can see why it would be tempting! emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 6/8/2012 10:22PM

    I have never heard of this, very interesting, thanks for sharing it with us.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 6/8/2012 6:27PM

    I love volcanoes! I've heard of the park but not of the volcano. That's very interesting! Thanks!

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BEARGODDESS 6/8/2012 6:05PM

    So interesting! Everything about Alaska fascinates me. I had never heard about this either.

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CATLADY52 6/8/2012 5:27PM

    That is quite interesting. I think I'll sit out the next one!

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