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Volcano may be erupting off Oregon Coast

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The arm of a submersible cracks the crust on the Axial Seamount during an earlier visit. The possible eruption of the volcano, 300 miles off the coast, does not pose a tsunami threat.

NEWPORT — Axial Seamount, an active underwater volcano located about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon, appears to be erupting, according to two scientists who predicted such an event would happen this year.

Researchers say such an eruption is not a threat to coastal residents. The earthquakes at Axial Seamount are small and the seafloor movements gradual and thus cannot cause a tsunami.

Geologists Bill Chadwick of Oregon State University and Scott Nooner of the University of North Carolina Wilmington made their forecast last September during a public lecture, and followed it up with blog posts and a reiteration of their forecast just last week at a scientific workshop. 

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9 vie for 3 school board positions

Nine Gold Beach citizens will vie for three positions on the Central Curry School Board in the May 19 Special District Election. The district has faced growing problems in the last few years, including difficulty retaining both teachers and students, budgetary problems and low morale. Next year, the district will also be tasked with finding a new superintendent. The district has worked hard this year to make changes, creating a strategic plan committee that met monthly to target the main problems facing the district and create a five-year plan to fix them. Board candidates addressed these problems, and offered their take on how to help the district.

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