Pavlof volcano in Alaska is still spewing ash 37,000 feet into the...

Pavlof volcano in Alaska is still spewing ash 37,000 feet into the sky

Pavlof volcano eruption on May 18, 2013 / Photo by Brandon Wilson

This Sunday at around 4:18 p.m. local time, an erupting volcano in Alaska started spewing ash 20,000 feet into the sky, with the smoke blowing northward. Following the eruption, the volcano located on the Aleutian Islands raised alerts of “warning” at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, with the aviation alert level to “red”. As of Monday morning, the alerts are still there, with the ash plume rising to 37,000 feet and trailing some 400 miles to the northeast over the Alaskan interior. The biggest concern is the ash cloud that is constantly growing and obscuring air traffic. According to CNN, Bering Air and PenAir canceled at least some flights on Monday.

Pavlof volcano is 4.4 miles in diameter and its highest point is at 8,261 feet above sea level. The Alaska Volcano Observatory posted on its website that “With over 40 historic eruptions, it is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc.” The last eruption was reported in November 2014, and previous eruptions have sent ash plumes 49,000 feet into the sky, according to The Associated Press.

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