Alaskan volcano starts erupting

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Published: Saturday 15th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Alaska’s most active volcano is spitting lava into the air and producing an ash cloud at low elevations.

The 8,262ft Pavlof volcano started erupting this week in a relatively uninhabited area of the Alaska peninsula, about 625 miles south west of Anchorage. The closest community is about 40 miles away.

Observers from that community, Cold Bay, reported seeing dark snow on the surface of the volcano, indicating an eruption had started. The eruption intensified that afternoon and has continued.

An ash cloud from the volcano extends about 125 miles, but at a relatively low altitude of about 16,000ft.

Alaska Volcano Observatory said the eruption could continue for days, weeks or even months.

The volcano has had more than 40 eruptions, including earlier this year and last year.

David Schneider, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey and Alaska Volcano Observatory, said even though there is seismic monitoring on the volcano, Pavlof is considered the most subtle of Alaska’s volcanos.

Magma can make its way up the volcano without producing any earthquakes.

Published: Saturday 15th November 2014 by The News Editor

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