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Explosion near Eagle Leads to Mysterious Geologic Slump

By Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage | December 7, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Residents in the Yukon River community of Eagle are excited about a mysterious geologic event that is emitting fire, steam and a sulfur smell. Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve lead Interpretative Ranger Pat Sanders says it all started on Sept. 27.

Map courtesy of NPS

“An explosion was heard, in Eagle, which is rare so of course we were interested,” Sanders said.

Sanders says on Oct. 10 a fire was spotted about 2 miles up the Tatonduk River, known locally as Sheep Creek. She says the fire spread to about 15 acres.

“And on the 15th of October we had snow and the fire was still going although it appeared to be emitting steam and there was a sulfur smell,” Sanders said.

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