Mysterious explosion in Alaska


December 8, 2012 — Alaska — Residents of the Yukon River in Eagle community excited about the mysterious geological event, radiating fire, steam and the smell of sulfur. Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve lead Interpretive Ranger Pat Sanders says that it all started in September. 27. There was an explosion in the Eagle, which is rare, so we, of course, it was interesting — Sanders said. Sanders said, on Oct. 10, a fire was spotted about 2 miles up the Tatonduk River, known locally as the sheep, by the stream. She says that the fire spread around 15 acres. "And we have 15 October snow and although the fire was still emitting steam and there was a smell of sulfur," — said Sanders. No one on earth is more, but trip over the photos show a sharp drop in the area that was smoking and looks like a mini-crater. Sanders says that the area is about 25 miles north-east of the Eagle, and it is located on Doyon land. She says that she and the NPS and USGS geologists suggest that the oil shale rock deposit. Sanders said that in this area there are two craters kulyami that about five acres, area. "It was very interesting to watch, because she's still smoking and still burning, but if it does shale, but USGS suspects, shale, and sulfur, it can be as deep as a thousand meters, which means that it could burning for some time due to lightning years ago and it was burning underground, and finally burned enough to cause a collapse or crater like hole in the ground to until we actually get boots on the ground, and we do not know when this happens, we will not know — Sanders said. Sanders says it's hard to tell from the vague aerial photos, but the craters seem as deep as 150 to 200 feet, and she said there was a significant decline since it was first discovered. She says that the unfortunate creek fault in the area, and it is an active fault. USGS geologist Marty Miller says it's more likely to be burning oil shale, not burning coal seam. "But we are confident that this is not a hot spring or other type of eruption associated with the incident," — said Miller, who will be disappointing news for pet Sanders in Eagle. — Of course, all in the Eagle is hoping that it will be thermal event, and we end up with the hot springs, but maybe it's just because it was 45 below last week — said Sanders. NPS geologist Linda Stromquist said that while they would like to explore this site before, at this point in the year, it is probably wiser to wait for good weather and daylight to improve the conditions in the direction of the spring. -Alaska Public
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