Daily Archives: 04/06/2005

Anatahan Erupts Again

Major eruption on Anatahan overnight. A huge cloud of ash is over Saipan right now, and the ash cloud is heading for Guam:

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URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TIYAN GU
12 PM LST WED APR 6 2005

…VOLCANIC ASH CLOUD FROM ANATAHAN IS MOVING ACROSS THE MARIANA ISLANDS…

.ANATAHAN VOLCANO UNDERWENT A MAJOR ERUPTION OVERNIGHT…RELEASING VOLCANIC ASH AND GASES UP TO AN ALTITUDE OF FIFTY THOUSAND FEET. SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS THE ASH CLOUD EXPANDING SOUTH AND EAST FROM ANATAHAN HAS MOVED OVER TINIAN AND SAIPAN. IT IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS GUAM AND ROTA BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

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GUAM-ROTA-TINIAN-SAIPAN-
12 PM LST WED APR 6 2005

…A VOLCANIC ASH ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR GUAM AND ROTA AS OF 12 PM…

…A VOLCANIC ASH ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR TINIAN AND SAIPAN…

SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS THAT THE ASH CLOUD RELEASED IN THE OVERNIGHT ERUPTION OF ANATAHAN HAS MOVED SOUTH OVER TINIAN AND SAIPAN. THE ASH CLOUD IS EXPECTED TO MOVE OVER GUAM AND ROTA LATER THIS AFTERNOON…AND MAY PRODUCE A FALL OF ASH ON THESE ISLANDS.

THE VOLCANIC ASH…ALONG WITH VOLCANIC DUST AND GASES…MAY REDUCE VISIBILITY AT TIMES…AND MAY CAUSE BREATHING DIFFICULTIES. PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS SHOULD REMAIN INDOORS IF THEY SEE ASH OR HAZE OR SMELL A SULFUROUS ODOR.

IF YOU SEE VOLCANIC ASH OR SMELL THE ODOR OF SULFUR…REPORT IT TO THE CNMI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE AT 670-322-9528 OR 9529. ON GUAM YOU MAY CALL CIVIL DEFENSE AT 475-9600. MONITOR THE LATEST STATEMENTS AND ADVISORIES FROM EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

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ZIOBRO

The ash cloud is visible on the GOES NOAA colorized IR loop. Pretty ominous looking. Apparently it is like twilight up in Saipan right now because of the ash cloud. And it is headed our way.