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Posted on 05/31/2010 11:51:49 AM PDT by TaraP
SAIPAN, Northern Marianas A volcanic eruption near the Pacific's Northern Mariana Islands shot clouds of ash and vapor nearly eight miles into the sky, federal scientists said.
The eruption occurred early Saturday and appeared to come from an underwater volcano off Sarigan, a sparsely inhabited island about 100 miles north of the U.S. commonwealth's main island of Saipan.
The Northern Marianas are about 3,800 miles southwest of Hawaii.
USGS volcanologist Game McGimsey said Sunday that scientists are still trying to pinpoint the source but evidence is pointing to an underwater mountain.
"People on the island (Sarigan) heard a loud explosion and almost immediately there was a heavy ash fall which turned to a light fall fairly quickly," McGimsey told The Associated Press. He said there was no ash in Saipan or Guam.
The eruption was fairly brief and no other volcanic clouds have been detected, said McGimsey, who is based in Anchorage, Alaska. Scientists don't know if the undersea activity is continuing
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Look for the island profile on the right middle where the smoke is thick brown.
THAT’S SOME SHOT!
That’s what I was thinking. A new Hawaii, in about 500 years.
It’s had eruption cycles before.
That’s what man-caused global warming will do. Look at this mess! (sarc)
Another Muslim woman has exchanged her burka for a tank top!
I hope the island doesn’t flip over and sink.