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Ash Fall in Nome & Related Events


Norman Kagan has searched issues of the Nome Nugget prior to October 21, 1910, and and Nome Gold Digger of 1907 for articles of possible meteorite strikes or related events, and has compiled the following list. Thanks, Norm!

A. Regarding Ash of November 1907

  • NN, November 25, 1907 - Volcanic ash fell throughout Gold Run country - Nome, Teller, Tin City. The source is unknown but is not nearby - Aleutian Islands possible.

  • GD, November 27, 1907 - Volcano active near Cape Blossom, ash seen in Candle and Nome.

  • NN, November 27, 1907 - Some 280 tons of ash are thought to have fallen on Nome.

  • GD, November 28, 1907 - Theory of meteor ash, not volcano, fell in town - assayed at 30% iron

  • GD, December 5, 1907 - Mail carrier Erik Johnson reports hard trip owing to meteoric dust over an inch thick covering the ice of Norton Bay.

  • NN, December 6, 1907 - Ash 1 inch thick fell on Ear Mountain between Nov. 24 and 25; strong winds were blowing from Siberia.

  • NN, December 7, 1907 - Arthur Gibson of the Nome Weather Bureau says the ash is not volcanic but meteoric as it has a high iron content. He believes the Andromedes meteors of Nov 23 and 24 caused the fall. He has sent a sample to Washington for analysis.

  • NN, January 4, 1908 - Volcanic ash fell over all of Innoko district, says letter.

  • NN, January 21, 1908 - Arthur Gibson has received four samples of ash from other Seward Peninsula areas; all differ in color and grain size, sent for testing.

  • NN, March 23, 1908 - A. Gibson received acknowledgement of ash in Washington, D.C.

  • NN, August 28, 1908 - Volcanic ash, says U.S. Geological Dept. analysis

  • NN, Sept 4, 1908 - Hobson of Hobson's Landing, Kuskokwin says November ash was due to volcano some sixty miles north of his place, witnessed eruption.

  • NN, Sept 9, 1908 - Alfred Brooks, local US Geological Dept. man, says ash came from Siberia or the Aleutian Islands.

B. Events ca. June 30, 1908

  • NN, June 30, 1908 - 20,000 acres burning between Kokrines and Louden on Yukon River.
    - Tundra fires raging at Jess Creek, and a Candle throughout Seward Peninsula.

  • NN, July 1, 1908 - Huge fires along Yukon River, worst ever, Penny River, Jess Creek and Fox River the past 3 days. Sam Simel's Anvik store destroyed.

  • NN, July 2, 1908 - Letter from eastern Siberian coast reports strange winter weather: cold and disagreeable from 30 to 50 below zero, strong winds from all directions, only two days in February when miners could work.
    - Tundra fires burn in Kougarak District, Solomon Lake and Penny River. Fires also on Koyuk River, Fish River and east of Norton Sound.

  • NN, July 3, 1908 - Rainfall extinguishes tundra fires above Penny River, Sunset Creek and Solomon Lake.

  • NN, July 4, 1908 - Tundra fires persist at Unalakleet.

C. Other News (Nome received ship and telegraphic reports, wireless after 1910)

  • NN, July 13, 1908 (Philadelphia - July 11) Dutch Steamer "Ocean," Capt. Benkert reports near hit of large meteor some 200 miles east of Philadelphia. Tremendous wave swept ship, cloud of noxious gas forced men below decks, peculiar brown dust settled aboard. Meteor shower continued for several minutes, and sea was phosphorescent to horizon. This story seems to follow another in which a ship was wrecked by a meteor.

  • NN, Aug 24, 1908 (Salina, Kansas - Aug 23): Salina shaken by nearby meteor strike.

  • NN, Nov 21, 1908 (Salina, Kansas - Nov 21): A large meteor fell 3 miles north of Ellsworth last night - exploded on impact, lit up area for 20 minutes.

  • GD, July 30, 1909 (Dawson, Yukon - July 10): Meteorite found on #7 Big Skookum Gulch, off Bonanza Creek. It weighed 35 lbs, was dense and smooth, dug out from long ago.

Meteorites in the Circumpolar North

A Guide to Nome, Alaska



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