the Most Spectacular Eruption

From June 6th to 9th, 1912, the most spectacular eruption in recorded history and the Twentieth Century’s largest measured volcanic eruption occurred in Katmai, Alaska.  For over 60 hours the volcano sent 3.5 cubic miles of ash into the atmosphere, 30 times the volume of the Mt. St. Helen’s eruption. Then the volcano imploded. That is, it collapsed into itself. The volcano is still active and the smoke which still emanates has made the area the “Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.” Today the area is better known for its bears which wait in Katmai River for migrating salmon – but beneath the land there are 14 active volcanoes making Katmai one of the world’s most active volcanic areas.

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