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April 19, 2012
Yvette Gilles, USGS 907-786-7039 ygillies@usgs.gov
Dale  Vinson, NPS 907-644-3632 dale_vinson@nps.gov
Katie Ringsmuth, AHS 907-644-3467 katmaikate@aol.com

Media Advisory: Volcano Detective Kicks Off Centennial Commemoration with Free Public Lecture

The Great Novarupta-Katmai Eruption of 1912 Centennial Commemoration Begins April 24


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ANCHORAGE, Alaska —One hundred years ago this June, Novarupta and Katmai volcanoes, in what is now Katmai National Park & Preserve, exploded in a 3-day volcanic eruption. This historic eruption created the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, which early explorers called the eighth wonder of the world. Come hear how "volcano detectives" explored the aftermath of one of the five largest eruptions in recent history and why the still-active volcanoes offer important insights about earth processes that shape our world.

Who: Judy Fierstein, U.S. Geological Survey Research Geologist and Novarupta - Katmai expert

What: Free public lecture to tell the eruption story and what the 1912 eruption teaches us about large explosive eruptions and volcanic processes and hazards

Where: Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street, Anchorage, AK.

When: Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

The Novarupta – Katmai eruption was a landmark event in the young science of volcanology. Scientists believe that an eruption of this size could happen again

The USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory, National Park Service, and the Alaska Historical Society have partnered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption – Earth’s largest of the 20th century– by offering a series of lectures, publications, and other events. Visit the AVO and NPS websites for more details.


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