Science: Mountain of Fire

The tiny village of Perryville, Alaska normally harbors 92 Indians and two white schoolteachers. Last week 80 of the Indians had gone north to their seasonal fishing grounds. The remaining 14 souls in Perryville were not happy to be there. For Mt. Veniaminof, only 15 miles away, was blowing its head off.

In Alaska's most spectacular volcanic display in more than a decade, the crater vomited flame to a height of 1,500 feet, acrid smoke and hot ash to a distance of five or six miles. The smoke pall was so thick in Perryville that lamps had to be lighted in the...

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