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Homer residents gather to talk ash

More than 100 people gathered Thursday night in Homer for a community information meeting about Augustine Volcano. And another handful arrived early to learn about ash sample collection, reports Elizabeth Wasserman, an interpretive ranger with the Homer Field Office of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

The Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance (KBEEA) Partners in Education helped coordinate an inter-agency community information meeting on Augustine Volcano Thursday night in Homer.  More than 100 came to hear a review of the current volcanic unrest and the response plans of local, state and federal government agencies.

Dr. John Power, from the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), provided an update on the ongoing unrest, the current instrumental monitoring systems, and possible hazards associated with any future eruptions of Augustine.

Bill Knight, from the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, presented information on the monitoring and warning system in the unlikely event of an eruption-triggered tsunami. Scott Walden, with the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Office of Emergency Management, outlined communication channels.  Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Weather Service, Homer Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District were in attendance to speak to community concerns. A question and answer period followed the presentations.

Earlier in the day, Kristi Wallace, tephra specialist for the USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory, gave a volcanic ash collection workshop for 15 motivated individuals interested in collecting volcanic ash samples in the event of future eruptions from Augustine and other Cook Inlet volcanoes.  The samples will help the observatory understand the composition, volume, and area of the ash fall-out zone.

Did you attend the workshop? Share your firsthand experiences collecting ash samples or learning about the volcano by writing to editor@alaskascienceoutreach.com.

For more information on the Kachemak Bay Environmental Education Alliance Partners in Education visit www.homerfieldtrips.com

[Read more at How to Collect an Ash Sample for AVO]

| Posted 01.22.06 at 4:10 am


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