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Remote volcano erupts suddenly

A volcano erupted Saturday with little warning on a remote island in Alaska, sending residents of a nearby ranch fleeing from falling ash and volcanic rock.

The Okmok Caldera erupted late Saturday morning, just hours after seismologists at the Alaska Volcano Center began detecting a series of small tremors.

The explosion flung an ash cloud at least 50,000 feet high, said geophysicist Steve McNutt.

Nine people, including three children, were at Fort Glenn, a private cattle ranch six miles south of the volcano on Umnak Island, located in the western Aleutians. They managed to call authorities on a satellite phone before losing their connection.

A vessel responding to a Coast Guard request for emergency assistance managed to pick them up Saturday night, and the Coast Guard canceled plans to send its own cutter to the island, which is about 860 miles southwest of Anchorage.


Dad-to-be sells son’s name for gas

Someday, when a boy named Dixon and Willoughby Partin asks how he got his 24-letter name, he’ll learn it came with a hundred bucks worth of gasoline.

David Partin, of Orlando, offered the right to name his unborn son to a local radio station that offered $100 worth of free gas to the listener with the most interesting item to trade. Radio hosts Richard Dixon and J. Willoughby took Partin’s deal.

When the baby is born this winter, he will be named Dixon and Willoughby Partin, with the “and” included.

Partin’s girlfriend, Samantha Bailey, told the Orlando Sentinel that at least the child will have an interesting story about how he got his name.

From wire reports