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ConocoPhillips Alaska Head Killed in Avalanche

Posted by feww on February 15, 2010

Since nature protects Earth against external threats, does it follow that it’s also on-guard for threats from within?

The president of ConocoPhillips Alaska, Jim Bowles, was killed in an avalanche near Spencer Glacier.


Jim Bowles, president of ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., who was killed in an avalanche on Saturday, seen taking to reporters at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday Dec. 3, 2008 where Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced an agreement between the state of Alaska and the oil industry to extend the federal export license for the LNG plant on the Kenai Peninsula. Steven Hinchmann, senior VP of worldwide production for Marathon Oil Corp. , back, left, Tom Irwin Department of Natural Resources commissioner, and Gov. Sarah Palin, right, listen in the back. On the campaign trail, Palin says repeatedly that America must tap its own natural gas and oil reserves to become energy independent. But she has pushed the federal government to allow a liquefied natural gas plant to continue exporting to Asia, the only such plant in the United States that sends the product overseas. AP Photo/Al Grillo. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

Another employee of the company who was part of the snowmobiling party was missing and presumed dead, Alaska State Troopers said, Reuters reported.

Mr Bowles’s body  was recovered on Saturday, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters was reported as saying.

“Bowles was pulled from the avalanche debris and CPR was given for about 30 minutes before they stopped the effort,” Peters said.

Mr Bowles, 57, is believed to have been with “a group of about a dozen snowmobilers when the avalanche hit the Grandview wilderness area on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage.”

The missing man was identified as Alan Gage, “presumed buried, presumed dead,” Peters said. “Gage was a member of ConocoPhillips’ capital projects team.”

Bowles became the president of ConocoPhillips Alaska in 2004.  “ConocoPhillips is Alaska’s largest oil producer and one of the two major oil-field operators on the North Slope.” Reuters reported.


An Oil Rig in Alaska. Source. Mineral Management Services.

On Friday (Feb 12), Fire-Earth warned “the ongoing seismicity and the prospect of enhanced volcanic activity in Alaska bode ill for the oil companies that are operating in the face of the fragile ecosystems in the region.”

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FEWW: Alaska Earthquake Warning

Posted by feww on August 6, 2009

A powerful earthquake could strike Alaska anytime

Based on the FEWW ‘EarthModel’ simulations, Moderators believe a powerful earthquake may strike Alaska anytime [probability of 0.8]

Previous FEWW Forecast

FEWW Forecast: An area within approximately 300-km radius of Anchorage would be one of the seismic zones in Alaska to experience continued intense seismic activity this year possibly including a magnitude MW 7.9 or larger quake close to Anchorage  (south of the city, north of Rugged Island).

Alaska earthquake forecast
FEWW Alaska Earthquake Forecast. Approximate location. Source of original map: Google Earth. Map may be subject to copyright.

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Redoubt Update: March 31, 2009

Posted by feww on March 31, 2009

Redoubt Activity – Color Code RED : Alert Level WARNING

Date Time :  March 31, 2009 1330 UTC/ March 31, 2009 0530 AKDT

On 2009-03-31 at 05:28:55 AKDT AVO reported:

Seismicity at the volcano has been low, but remains above background level. Weak tremor and small discrete earthquakes have been observed in the past hour.

Latest Images from AVO


Photograph of impact from the volcanic ash fall out in Nikiski, AK from Redoubt volcano. This plume was generated during the March 28, 15:29 AKDT, 2009 event, and ash fall began at approximately 16:16 AKDT and lasted maybe 5 minutes. Fine ash is resuspended as vehicles drive over the recently deposited ash fall deposit. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 16:45:00 AKDT. Image Creator:  Kristi
Wallace. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS. [Image added March31, 2009]


Photograph of Redoubt Volcano in eruption taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. View is to the east. Continuous emission of volcanic gas, water vapor, and ash is producing a plume rising to about 15,000 feet above sea level. The haze at left below the drifting cloud is a region of active ash fall. AVO scientists observed ash falling up to 25 miles downwind. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT. Image Creator: Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.
[Image added March31, 2009]


Photograph taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. Looking east / southeast down into the upper crater rim of Redoubt Volcano.
Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT. Image Creator:  Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.


Photograph taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT. Image Creator: Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.


Photograph taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT. Image Creator: Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.


Photograph taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT. Image Creator: Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.


Photograph taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT.  Looking at the north flank of Redoubt Volcano.
Image Creator: Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.


Photograph taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT. Image Creator: Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.


Photograph taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT.
Looking east at Redoubt Volcano. Image Creator: Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.


Photograph taken during observation and gas data collection flight on March 30, 2009. Picture Date: March 30, 2009 AKDT.  Looking at the north flank of Redoubt Volcano.
Image Creator: Heather Bleick. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.


BSE image showing groundmass, with glass, plagioclase, pyroxene, and oxide microlites. The scale bar is absent here, but the image was collected at 400 X, compared with 100 X from image 17485 [SEE BELOW.]  Picture Date: March 30, 2009. Image Creator: Jessica Larsen.  Image courtesy of the AVO/UAF-GI.


BSE image showing amphibole grain with reaction rim in sample AT-1605. Image Creator: Jessica Larsen.  Image courtesy of the AVO/UAF-GI.


Redoubt 15:29 eruption, 3/28/2009. Picture Date: March 28, 2009 AKDT. Image Creator: Tricia Joy Sadler. Image courtesy of the photographer.


Photograph of lightning from Redoubt’s 1:20 am March 28 eruption, courtesy of Bretwood Higman. Picture Date: March 28, 2009. Image Creator: Bretwood Higman. Image courtesy of Bretwood Higman.

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Alaska’s Redoubt May Be About to Erupt

Posted by feww on February 1, 2009

Redoubt Activity – Color Code ORANGE : Alert Level WATCH

AVO Report on 2009-01-31  at 22:41:24 [Local Time]

Seismicity remained above background. No new episodes of tremor have been detected in the last two hours.

Oblique photo of Redoubt Volcano taken during an observation flight. Fumarolic activity on the north side of the volcano is associated with the most recent unrest at Redoubt Volcano. View from the south. Picture Date: January 30, 2009 AKST – Image Creator:  Kristi Wallace – Image courtesy of AVO/USGS

Observers from the gas/observation flight today report continued melting at the summit area. Holes in the ice continue to grow exposing more steaming rock. Volcanic gases continue to be detected. Web camera views are currently dark. EoR

A rapidly growing fumarole

Geologists detected a hole in the glacier covering the north side of the Mount Redoubt volcano on Friday. The hole doubled in size within hours, currently estimated at about several acres in size.

location-of-redoubt-volcanoLocation of Redoubt volcano, in relationship to surrounding towns, roads, and other volcanoes. Picture Date: September 26, 2008 – Image Creator:  Janet Schaefer. Image courtesy of the AVO/ADGGS.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory researchers flew close to Drift Glacier and observed  vigorous steam emitted from the hole.  They confirmed Saturday the hole was a fumarole which was rapidly growing larger.

Based on the report, an eruption could occur. Redoubt last erupted in 1990.

AVO has  been recording minor quakes, however,  the frequency of these quakes are lower than the seismic activity that  preceded the last two eruptions in 1989 and 1990.

“We’re looking for an increase of seismicity to match the precursor activity, [however,]  we haven’t seen that yet.” AVO research geologist Kristi Wallace said.

[Note: A fumarole  is an opening in Earth’s  crust, usually near volcanoes, which emits steam and gases including carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, hydrochloric acid.]

FEWW Forecast: An area within approximately 300-km radius of Anchorage would be one of the seismic zones in Alaska to experience continued intense seismic activity this year possibly including a magnitude MW 7.9 or larger quake close to Anchorage  (south of the city, north of Rugged Island).

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