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First Recorded Eruption of Anatahan Volcano

On May 10, 2003, the Anatahan Volcano in the Northern Mariana Islands produced its first documented eruption, spewing a huge plume of ash over a wide area of the Pacific Ocean.
First Recorded Eruption of Anatahan Volcano
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First Recorded Eruption of Anatahan Volcano

On the night of May 10, the Anatahan Volcano announced itself with a vigorous eruption that sent high-level ash over a wide area. About 12 hours later, on May 11 at 00:19 GMT, the crew of the International Space Station observed and photographed this ash plume, describing it as huge.

Published May 18, 2003

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