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Alaska's big volcanic blast that Instagram missed -- until now

Thank goodness for Throwback Thursday (#TBT).

How else would this mind-blowing photograph of Alaska's Augustine Volcano billowing smoke and ash become a social media hit? The photo was taken on March 27, 2006 -- four years before Instagram was even around.

Luckily the Department of Interior thought to make it a #TBT post on Thursday. Almost 30,000 people "liked" it by day's end.

By the way, the volcano is on a teensy island, a dot on the map in the Cook Inlet on the state's south-central coast. It was taken by Cyrus Read, who works for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Enjoy!


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