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The 20th Century’s Greatest Volcanic Eruption
Mount Katmai 100 Years Later
An image of Mount Katmai's water-filled caldera. Snow covers the slopes of the mountain.

Mount Katmai is a large stratovolcano on the Alaska Peninsula in southern Alaska, located within Katmai National Park and Preserve. It erupted on June 6-9, 1912.

Join us for a centennial look at the greatest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The June 6-8, 1912 eruption of Mount Katmai in Alaska was 30 times larger than the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, caused widespread devastation, and inspired heroic efforts at survival by the local people.  Return with us a century later to the scene of the eruption and learn what lessons there are for modern-day monitoring of volcano hazards.

Time: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • 7-8pm

Speaker: Bill Burton

Location: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20192

Phone:  703-648-4748

Please Note: This event takes place at a Federal Facility — Photo Id is Required

FREE and Open to the Public

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This announcement and directions can be found online.

Requests for accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting) require notice at least two weeks before the event. Please email or call 703-648-7770.

The USGS public lectures are held monthly in Reston, Virginia. These evening events are free to the public and intended to familiarize a general audience with science issues that are meaningful to their daily lives. USGS speakers are selected for their ability and enthusiasm to share their expertise with an audience that may be unfamiliar with the topic; speakers are encouraged to thoroughly explain the subject matter and to define any words or terms that may be unfamiliar.

The USGS lecture series provides the public an opportunity to interact with USGS scientists and ask questions about recent developments in Natural Hazards; Water; Energy Minerals and Environmental Health; Climate and Land Use Change; Ecosystems; and Core Science Systems. Ultimately, the goal is to create a better understanding of the importance and value of USGS science in action.

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