Daily Archives: 05/12/2003


Damn! Maybe this is why the sky was so surreal last night. It seemed unnatural, more than a little eerie. Turns out that was for a good reason.

The volcanic island of Anatahan, about 80 miles north of Saipan, erupted in a giant plume of ash on Saturday night. Whoa. That’s just 200 miles north of Guam.

Photo Courtesy of CNMI Emergency Management Office

Story and photo at the PDN website.

It’s pretty easy to forget that Guam is part of an active volcanic archipelago, but Anatahan is not the only island to erupt since I’ve lived out here. Pagan erupted for several years in the early 1990’s, forcing the few remaining inhabitants off the island and back to Saipan.