Fourpeaked Mountain may erupt, but isn't 'imminent'

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2006

ANCHORAGE - Vents on Fourpeaked Mountain have been spewing volcanic gases and experts at the Alaska Volcano Observatory say an eruption could occur.

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"An eruption is possible," said Peter Cervelli, a geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey and the observatory.

He said it is hard to predict if or when an eruption will occur but "nothing is imminent."

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is a consortium that includes USGS, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and the state Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.

According to the observatory's Web page, an explosive eruption could occur in the coming days to weeks.

Volcanic activity could be ash plumes exceeding 33,000 feet above sea level, with lava flows, or it could be nothing, according to the observatory.

Even a small eruption can cause floods, debris and mud flows, so the area on remote Cape Douglas is considered hazardous, according to the observatory.

Fourpeaked Mountain is about 80 miles northwest of Kodiak and 220 miles southwest of Anchorage across Cook Inlet.

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