Augustine is the most active volcano in the Aleutian chain. The latest major eruption took place between December of 2005 and March of 2006 with the largest explosions coming in January of that year. The eruption sent plumes of ash and steam more than 6 miles up into the atmosphere and reshaping the mountain itself, adding a new lava dome, then blowing a hole in that the next day.
To read about the pyroclastic history of this place is to gain an appreciation for how wild the entire area is and to remind ourselves of how lucky we are to be able to see it close up.
The countdown continues.