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Alaska volcano eruption 2016: flights may be affected

Alaska volcano eruption 2016: flights may be affected

Alaska volcano eruption 2016: flights may be affected

Residents in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands are scurrying for covers as the volcano erupted and started emitting massive amount of ashes almost everywhere. The eruption was so powerful that it sent ashes as high as to 20,000 feet.

A report by the U.S. Geological Survey says that a powerful volcano on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands erupted yesterday. The U.S. Geological Survey in the meantime has also raised the volcano alert level to “Warning” and the aviation warning to “Red.”

Reports suggest that the Pavlof Volcano that is some 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted at 4:18 pm on Sunday. The volcano eruption was so powerful that tremors were felt in the ground and the volcanic ashes were spewed to very high altitude raising the USGS volcano and aviation alert to “Warning” and “Red” respectively.

volcano ashThe volcanic eruption here comes some three years after the last eruption. It is being said that the previous eruption took place in 2013 and then, the ashes were sent to an altitude of up to 27,000 feet. According to the agency, the Pavlof Volcano has a diameter of around 4.4 miles and “is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc.” The volcano has had 40 known eruptions in recorded history and is very active in the Alaskan Aleutian islands.

The volcano is among the most active one in this region. Pavlof Volcano is a stratovolcano of the Aleutian Range on the Alaska Peninsula. It has been one of the most active in the United States since 1980, with eruptions recorded in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986–1988, 1996–1997, August 15 to September 13, 2007, May 13 to August 8, 2013, and most recently May 31, 2014 and continuing as of June 3, 2014. The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports on Pavlof Aviation Color Code levels and Volcano Alert levels on a daily basis.

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