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Volcanic Activity Increases On Alaska's Mount Pavlof
2013-05-20 07:33:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Alaska´s Pavlof Volcano, which roared back to life on May 13, continues to send ash and steam nearly 20,000 feet into the air, just below the threshold that experts deem becomes a threat to air traffic in the region. Over the weekend, Pavlof also began spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air. The 8,262-foot-high Pavlof, which is located about 625 miles southeast of Anchorage along the Aleutian Islands, but still sits on...

Alaskan Volcano Pavlof Erupts
2013-05-17 12:51:06

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Alaska Volcano Observatory has reported that the remote Pavlof Volcano continues to erupt and is now spewing lava, ash and steam 20,000 feet into the sky, which has been traveling southeast towards the Gulf of Alaska since Thursday. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is a joint program of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAFGI), and the State of...

Federal Budget Cuts Will Disrupt Critical Volcano Monitoring Services In Alaska
2013-05-15 08:24:13

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than a week after Alaska´s Cleveland volcano began erupting, sending ash clouds 15,000 feet into the air, another Alaskan mountaintop began rearing its ugly head. The Pavlof volcano, which sits about 350 miles northeast of Cleveland, showed signs on Monday that it was on the verge of eruption, based on increased seismic activity at the summit, according to Wired Magazine. Cleveland and Pavlof both sit in Alaska´s...

Volcanic Activity In Alaska Heats Up
2012-02-20 11:16:06

Several volcanoes in our northernmost state of Alaska are showing increased signs of activity, and scientists are keeping a wary eye on them both, reports Yareth Rosen for Reuters. Kanaga Volcano, located near the port city of Adak, experienced a tremor Saturday morning followed by more seismic activity for about an hour, said the Alaska Volcano Observatory. This activity follows more of the same at Mount Cleveland, which threatens to make life troubling for Alaskans. Last erupting in...

Scientists Concerned By Continued Eruptions At Alaskan Volcano
2011-09-18 04:41:53

  The two-month long, low-level eruptions occurring at a volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands have volcanologists worried that there could be a larger eruption forthcoming, Yereth Rosen of Reuters reported on Friday. The volcano causing concern is Cleveland Volcano (also known as Mount Cleveland), a 5,676-foot peak located less about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. As previously reported here on RedOrbit, an eruption warning was issued by the Alaska Volcano Observatory in late...

Remote Alaska Volcano Resumes Dome Growth
2011-09-08 04:46:08

  Mount Cleveland, a volcano sitting on the western half of Chuginidak Island 115 miles west of Dutch Harbor and 950 miles southwest of Anchorage, is reported to be on watch status with an aviation color code of orange, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO). Anchorage Daily News reported in July that a lava dome was forming in the crater of the volcano and reached a width of 140 feet in diameter. But on August 30, it appeared that the lava dome had reached a maximum...

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2011-08-10 09:30:00

On the remote, uninhabited Chuginadak Island in Alaska, a volcano has begun erupting, but poses little danger to people or aircraft, officials said Tuesday. The Cleveland volcano is erupting with a slow effusion of magma, forming a lava dome. It is not an explosive eruption that generates large ash plumes, explains John Power, the scientist-in-charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory. "So far, it's just lava as far as we can tell from our satellite imagery and the people who have managed to...

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2011-08-04 12:30:00

Alaska officials have raised the alert level of a volcano after a growing lava dome appeared in its summit crater. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said the observation increases the possibility but does not guarantee an eruption at Cleveland Volcano. The officials said the dome has grown from about 131 feet to 164 feet in diameter since Friday. Officials said that if the dome continues to grow, lava may flow onto the volcano's flanks.  They said this would not be hazardous to...

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2011-07-24 06:00:00

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued an eruption advisory for a remote volcano in the Aleutian Islands which, according to various media reports, lies underneath a major American flight route. According to the Daily Mail, the volcano in question--5,676-foot tall Mount Cleveland (also known as Cleveland Volcano) on the western end of the island of Chuhinadak--"could be poised for its first big eruption in ten years," which has experts anticipating that "it could erupt at any moment,...

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2009-07-01 08:45:00

Alaska's Mount Redoubt has gradually slowed down in activity since the last eruption three months ago. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said on Tuesday that seismic activity has calmed down and the eruptions may have stopped. The observatory has dropped the alert levels for the areas around the mountain. Several eruptions starting in March interrupted air traffic and covered Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula and Wasilla with ash. Due to prior events, geologists felt that the eruptions would be...


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