We’ve written about how Alaska is the canary in the coal mine, since it’s the place where the effects of global warming are showing up first. Now there is a new disaster in that beautiful state: a huge volcano is about to erupt, preceded by many miniature earthquakes.
The Augustine volcano hasn’t erupted for a long time and it hasn’t shown signs of life for 20 years. In 1976 and 1986, it belched plumes of ash out over Anchorage. Now it looks like it’s ready to erupt. Augustine makes up an uninhabited volcanic island near Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city.
Small earthquakes precede a volcanic eruption, and seismometers recorded more than 170 of these last week.