(Casey Kelly/KMXT - Kodiak via APRN, 6 July 2007) -- The Alutiiq Museum has received funding to help bring artifacts and human remains back to Kodiak from far-reaching points around the world. The National Park Service (NPS) provided the funding. [MP3 file]
(Charles Homans/KIAL - Unalaska via APRN, 6 July 2007) -- The eruption of mount Kluychevskoy on Russiaâ€™s Kamchatka Peninsula a week ago created a plume of ash stretching as far as the eastern end of the Aleutian chain, diverting air traffic over the North Pacific. In recent days the volcano has calmed down, but volcanologists in Alaska are still keeping an eye on it. [MP3 file.]
(University of Alaska Fairbanks press release, 4 July 2007) -- FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Klyuchevskoy (pronounced Kloo-shef-skoy), a stratovolcano located in the north central region of the Kamchatka Peninsula, is blasting ash up to 32,000 feet in the air, and has diverted air traffic headed toward the Far East. This is the largest eruption to occur in the North Pacific in a decade, and is providing students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks a unique opportunity to collaborate with scientists, as well as state and federal agencies. Tracking the Klyuchevskoy eruption locally are a handful students and faculty from the Geophysical Institute and the Alaska Volcano Observatory (GI/AVO) who process data used to reroute air traffic around dangerous volcanic ash clouds. Information is collected by satellite, Web cam, and Puff, a three-dimensional volcanic ash computer model. Once these data are synthesized, they are then shared at large to ensure the safety of thousands of people living in, or flying through the North Pacific. Klyuchevskoy's been erupting since January, but the largest explosions in the eruption began June 28, 2007. These explosions created a 1,360-mile-long band of ash, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk to the Aleutian Islands, clogging well-used air routes with volcanic ash that prove deadly to aircraft.
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