Observatory adds camera for volcano

Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2005

ANCHORAGE - Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory have begun began broadcasting a live view of Augustine Volcano.

The view from the observatory Web site was started two days after trembling at the lower Cook Inlet volcano lifted its alert level to "restless."

Augustine's "volcano cam" went on line Thursday from Homer about 75 miles to the east.

New Web monitoring of Augustine joins cameras pointed at Mount Spurr, 80 miles west of Anchorage, and Veniaminof Volcano, on the Alaska Peninsula near Perryville.

Spurr and Veniaminof also rumbled with more tiny earthquakes than usual and continue to be listed as restless by observatory scientists.

Scientists say they do not expect any of the three volcanoes will erupt immediately.

The observatory monitors 30 Alaska volcanoes with seismic listening phones and other sensors. On Friday, the observatory added two new volcanoes to the network after watching them carefully for more than a year.

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Ukinrek Maars Volcano is a low lying explosion crater on the Alaska Peninsula near Becharof Lake about 60 miles south of King Salmon.

Korovin Volcano is a 5,030-foot volcano on northern Atka Island about 1,080 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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