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Pavlov goes Red

Pavlof erupts Easter 2016
Photo credit: AVO/Colt Snapp

Pavlof Volcano out on the Aleutian Chain erupted on Easter Sunday, sending a plume of ash over 20,000 feet into the air. Pavlov is Alaska’s second most active volcano, erupting 40 times during recorded history.

A passenger on a PenAir flight out to Dutch Harbor caught the very cool image above.

The alert level for Pavlov now stands at “Red”.

Chile & Everest

Two acts of Earth’s power was caught on camera recently:

A hiker in Chile was filming a waterfall in Llianquihue National Reserve, when the Calbuco volcano erupted on 22 April. The last time Calbuco erupted was in 1973. The ash plume was sent over 1000 m into the air.

Calbuco erupts
The eruption of Chile’s Calbuco. Photo credit: David Cortes Serey/AFP/Getty Images


A German climber, Josh Kobusch, was on Mt Everest when the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake struck, triggering an avalanche which roared into the Everest Basecamp on Saturday. Kobusch’s footage of the avalanche is the first to come off of the mountain. At least 18 people died on Everest from the avalanche and over 3300 people have died due to the earthquake overall.

The 7.8 quake was the worst to hit Nepal since the 8.0 that struck in 1934, which all but wiped out the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.

Nepal Earthquake
Destruction from the 7.8 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photo credit:REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Pavlof Sees Red

Mt Pavlof
Photo courtesy of Dave Schneider & AVO/USGS

Mt Pavlof, as seen from space in the above shot, has reached Code Red. The ash plume being tracked by the red arrows, is 250 miles long, and has reached a height of 35,000 ft.


Pavlof Reawakens …

Pavlof from Cold Bay

It’s been kind of a quiet year for our volcanoes, but Pavlof woke up and went all Orange on us yesterday, sending ash 9000 feet into the air. Seismic activity has been increasing since the initial eruption.

Photo comes courtesy of Carol Damberg and AVO

What’s this?

Explain this to me:

Alaska covers over 590,000 square miles of the most beautiful and diverse country on the planet, has over 3.5 million lakes of at least 20 acres, almost 34,000 miles of tidal coastline, and over 100,000 glaciers.
Alaska is the home of: Denali, at 20,320′ it is the highest peak in North America; Wrangell-St Elias; several active volcanoes; over 12,000 rivers including the Mighty Yukon; five species of salmon; and 445 species of birds.
The state boasts populations of 13,000 trumpeter swans, 30,000 grizzlies, 35,000 bald eagles, 70,000 sea otters, 900,000 caribou and over 140 million sea birds, yet with a human population of just over 700,000.

Folks, that’s a lot of elbow room.

Wally World Camping

With all that said, the demand to “camp” in the local Wal-Mart parking lot has become so great, that the retail store has designated a good percentage of their lot to official pull-through RV parking.

What the hell is up with that? People come to Alaska to “camp” on asphalt? I’m beside myself with confusion.

Is it the bears that scare you?

Pavlof sees Red

Pavlof Volcano 6/3/14
Photo by Rachel Kremer

The Pavlof Volcano has been spewing ash, lava and steam for several years now, but recently activity has been a little more intense. After shooting an ash plume over 24,000 feet into the air, AVO issued its first Code Red since 2009 when Mount Redoubt sent ash 50,000 feet upward.

Pavlof lies 600 miles southwest of Anchorage. Due to favorable winds and an ash plume at a height below most air traffic, the erupting volcano has not disrupted air travel as of yet.

Pavlof at midnight
Photo by Robert Stacy from Cold Bay at midnight 6/3/14.

Both photos come courtesy of AVO.

Tidbits from the Dutch Harbor Telegraph


Police Blotter:
Suspicious Activity—

“The middle-aged man with a large plate of cookies was spotted again, engaged once more in the dodgy act of giving away cookies and drinks. An officer this time located the culprit, and determined his random acts of kindness were simply a means to dispose of leftover snacks prepared for a corporate meeting.”

“The mountain formerly known as Cleveland Volcano….”

Some people have objected to (The Telegraph’s) arrogance in deciding to call the mountain by its old name, Chuginadak. As if the Telegraph is this powerful steamroller that flattens everything in it’s way. “Cleveland Volcano” is an awkward name….and Grover Cleveland never saw it. He’s got a city in Ohio named after him. Isn’t that enough? The Telegraph will continue to call the mountain Chuginadak or else “the mountain formerly known as Cleveland Volcano.”


Alaska tops nation for neonatal and infant survival rates

Alaska’s neonatal survival rate dropped to an all-time low of 1.92 deaths per 1000 live births, the best in the USA. This according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The state’s infant mortality rate of 3.75 deaths per 1000 live births is also the lowest in the nation.


There Goes the Neighborhood

Alaska Updates:


Photo courtesy of K. L. Wallace and AVO

Another volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has gone the dreaded Orange. Mount Veniaminof has now joined Pavlof and is currently in an erupting state.  The stratovolcano is named after Ivan Popov Veniaminov, a Russian Orthodox missionary priest who lived from 1797 to 1879.

Buhach Goes Dark!


Living in Interior Alaska has its unique challenges. We can deal with earthquakes, volcanos, minus 50 degree weather for weeks at a time, bears coming in to steal steaks off the grill, moose blocking the way to the outhouse.  None of that matters, as long as we have the faint, burning-grass smell of Buhach wafting about us during the summer months. For the second time since 2000, The Buhach Company has gone silent, and it is causing a panic.

Buhach is an ochre-colored powder made up of crushed pyrethrum flowers that works as a natural, totally kick-ass, insecticide.  It clobbers ants, fleas, roaches and lice.  But Interior Alaskans burn it by the case load, because the incense drives away the mosquitos like no other product we’ve ever seen, short of nuclear weapons.  Buhach started out in 1873, and came to Alaska in the Gold Rush.  Alaskans have been in love with the golden powder ever since.

Unfortunately, just like in 2000, Buhach is “currently not available”.  Back then, the Buhach Company, a small family owed business from Mercer Island, WA, could not get the pyrethrum flowers from Africa due to drought, then flood, and then political unrest.  The shelves were empty for 3 years.  85% of the world’s pyrethrum supply comes from Africa.  60% of Buhach is shipped to Alaska.

I witnessed the panic at the hardware store this morning, as people called, walked in and begged to get some Buhach they assumed was hidden in the back somewhere.  It’s a nasty mosquito year too, and people are desperate.  I still have three cans left from last year, so I should be okay if I ration it, but I won’t be leaving it outside unguarded.

Pavlof from Space

Pavlof from ISS

Here is a great picture of the erupting Pavlof Volcano taken from the International Space Station.  Pavlof Sister is clearly visible in this shot: it’s the snow covered peak to the right of the ornery Pavlof.

Photo courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory

Pavlof Erupts

Pavlof Erupts 5:18:13

Photo courtesy of AVO; photographer Theo Chesley

The Pavlof Volcano, out on the Alaska Peninsula, has been getting testy lately.  Ash plumes have occasionally risen to 20,000 feet, and pilots have stated that the volcano was shooting lava fountains 200′ above the summit.

Pavlof Lava Fountain

Photo courtesy of AVO; photographer Rachel Kremer

Pavlof is the second Alaskan volcano to go Code Orange at this time.  Mount Cleveland is also shooting off some steam & ash.  So far neither volcano has had a dramatic effect on air traffic, although AVO stresses that could change at any time, especially with Pavlof.