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Butte
Butte is a city in Montana and the county seat of Silver Bow County, United States. In 1977, the city and county governments consolidated to form the sole entity of Butte-Silver Bow. As of the 2010 census, Butte's population was 34,200. Butte is currently Montana's fifth largest city.

The city is served by Bert Mooney Airport with airport code BTM.

Butte in SupervolcanoEdit

When Kelly Birnbaum was rescued by helicopter from Yellowstone National Park just before the supervolcano erupted, the pilot flew to Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana which was at the limits of his fuel load.[1] Just after landing, the volcano erupted shooting a cloud of ash 100,000 feet into the air. It was clearly visible in Butte even though the city was a couple of hundred miles away. The shock wave of the eruption arrived a few minutes later in the form of a massive earthquake followed by a strong wind and loud explosive noise.[2] The quake and/or wind knocked down a number of buildings in the city and broke the windows of most of those that remained standing.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Eruption, pg. 154.
  2. Ibid, pgs. 156-58.
  3. Ibid, pg. 162.

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