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Wavering Ash Emissions At Semisopochnoi Volcano Prompt Fluctuations In AVO Alert Levels

Scientists have downgraded the alert level for an Aleutian volcano that began showing an increase in signs of eruption and emitting harmful ash late last week. According to Dave Schneider, a geophysicist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, over the last several weeks, satellites and pressure sensor data revealed ramped up activity at Semisopochnoi Volcano, which is located on an uninhabited island in the Rat Islands about 600 miles southwest of Unalaska. Scientists detected steady ash...

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Group Of Unalaskans On Journey To Become Certified Firefighters

A group of locals stand around a small fire pit outside, but it's not your average weekend island bonfire. Instead of roasting marshmallows or drinking beers around the fire, most of them are dressed in full firefighter gear, waiting for their turn to attack the flames. One after another, they step up with extinguishers. Unalaska Fire Department Captain Ben Knowles offers feedback and instruction. " I would actually prefer that you stand up when you come at this thing because there's this lip...

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