Volcano sends ash over Alaska - Tucson News Now

Volcano sends ash over Alaska

An Alaskan volcano "Pavlof" started to stir on May 30 and has been active since. The eruption has sent ash into the air roughly 24,000 feet and lava could be visible from nearby towns. Recent satellite images show a plume of ash extending over 50 miles southeast of the volcano. The Aviation Color Code has been raised to "red" and Volcano Alert Level has been raised to "warning status" for nearby communities.

An Aviation Color Code of red indicates that an eruption is imminent with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere likely or that an eruption is underway or suspected.

The good news is that Pavlof is located in a remote area of Alaska and all nearby communities are small and are on standby incase this eruption gets stronger. Along with the eruption, tremors are also occurring underground but have back off in the past day giving experts reason to suspect the volcano is winding down.

The ash plume has been a problem for regional airlines and trace amounts of ash fall may be expected on nearby communities depending on wind direction and strength. The ash plume is currently too low to affect commercial airliners that fly between North America and Asia, who usually fly above 34,000 feet.

Located in sparsely populated section of the Aleutian Range close to the southwestern end of the Alaska Peninsula, Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutians, having erupted more than 40 times since the early 1800's with the most recent eruption in the summer of 2013.

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