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     From McGimsey and others (1995): "Up to 3 mm of sand-size ash fell in Anchorage, closing the International Airport for 20 hours and disrupting commerce and transportation."
     From Alaska Volcano Observatory (1993): "At Yakutat, 550 km downwind, ashfall was significant; at Juneau, 1000 km downwind, the plume was opaque enough to disrupt air traffic. Ashfall forced the closing of Anchorage International Airport for 20 hours. Air-quality alerts were issued during the ashfall and on the following day, as vehicular traffic resuspended the ash."
     Eichelberger and others (1995) write that the Municipality of Anchorage reported nearly $2 million dollars in damage, office closures, and clean up costs. "Numerous small scale losses were incurred by businesses and citizens from ashfall and reworked ash that affected equipment such as vehicle engines, building air circulation systems, and computers in banks, businesses, and local military installations. On the upper Kenai peninsula, Cordova, and Mat-Su valley reported school closures, poor road conditions, and health concerns." (Eichelberger and others, 1995).

Aircraft

     From McGimsey and others (1995): "Up to 3 mm of sand-size ash fell in Anchorage, closing the International Airport for 20 hours and disrupting commerce and transportation."

Infrastructure

     Eichelberger and others (1995) write that the Municipality of Anchorage reported nearly $2 million dollars in damage, office closures, and clean up costs. "Numerous small scale losses were incurred by businesses and citizens from ashfall and reworked ash that affected equipment such as vehicle engines, building air circulation systems, and computers in banks, businesses, and local military installations. On the upper Kenai peninsula, Cordova, and Mat-Su valley reported school closures, poor road conditions, and health concerns." (Eichelberger and others, 1995).

Fatalities

     There were no direct fatalities, however, Eichelberger and others (1995) state that two heart attacks, one fatal, were reported in Anchorage, from shoveling ashfall. Eichelberger and others don't state which eruption indirectly caused the heart attack, but the ashfall distribution makes the August eruption the best fit.

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