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2008-08-13 15:00:39

By Art Marroquin Alaska Airlines on Monday resumed flights that were canceled amid reports of ash spewing from the Kasatochi volcano in the Aleutian Islands. More than 5,200 passengers were stranded when 44 flights were canceled late Sunday and early Monday, including two coming in and out of Los Angeles International Airport, according to airline officials. Flights were also canceled in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver and Vancouver. Even though the volcano erupted last...

2008-08-12 18:00:21

Thousands of air travelers have been stranded in Alaska by an ash plume from three volcanoes in the Aleutians, an airline official says. Kasatochi began showing signs of life last week, while Okmok and Mount Cleveland have also been threatening eruption. A wind change Sunday sent the ash plume into commercial air routes, KTNA reported. Caroline Boren, a spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines, the carrier worst affected by the plume, told the Anchorage Daily News it is especially hazardous at...

2008-08-12 09:01:13

By McClatchy Newspapers ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Volcanic ash stranded at least 5,000 travelers Sunday night and early Monday morning when a shift in the wind moved a giant ash plume into flight routes, causing Alaska Airlines to cancel 44 flights into and out of Alaska. "The entire state is unflyable," Alaska Airlines staff told passengers at Seattle's airport Sunday, according to Chelsea Harms, an Anchorage woman who was booked on Flight 111 to Anchorage. Alaska would add flights to try to...

2008-08-07 21:00:16

Two federal employees requested evacuation from an island in the Aleutians in Alaska because of tremors that might be harbingers of a volcanic eruption. The pair, both working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had been expected to be airlifted off Kasatochi by helicopter late Wednesday, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The 2-square-mile island about 50 miles west of Adak is uninhabited. Kasatochi is the summit of an underwater volcano that rises to 1,000 feet above sea level. The...

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2008-07-14 10:36:50

Ten Alaskan residents were forced to evacuate the eastern side of Umnak Island after a volcano erupted, sending a cloud of ash 35,000 feet into the air. The eruption of Okmok Volcano, located in Alaska's Aleutian chain, began just before noon and continued through Saturday night, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Residents of a nearby cattle ranch located on the island sought evacuation shortly after eruption, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Umnak residents were taken to...

2008-07-13 03:00:15

Ten people were evacuated from a remote island in Alaska Saturday after a volcanic eruption in the Aleutians, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The fishing boat Tara Gaila picked up the seven adults and three children from Umnak Island after the group called military police on Kodiak Island and requested help, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The call for help came about 15 minutes after the Okmak volcano erupted unexpectedly, sending a cloud of ash some 35,000 feet into the sky. The...

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2006-10-03 16:55:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Underwater sonar images of a black shape against a background of grainy monochrome are safely stored on two computer hard drives at Bruce Abele's home in Newton, Mass. Blurred by odd shadows and striations, the silhouettes are the biggest clues in more than 60 years to the fate of his father's World War II submarine, the USS Grunion, which sank nearly 5,000 miles west of Massachusetts, near the obscure islands at the tip of Alaska's Aleutian chain. For decades, relatives...

2006-02-07 09:51:54

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A volcano in the Aleutian Islands coughed up an ash cloud Monday, prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory to raise the mountain's threat level to code red. Satellites detected the cloud after it detached from the summit of 5,676-foot Cleveland Volcano, located near the Aleutian chain's halfway point. Code red, the highest threat level, means a significant eruption is occurring. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction in a cylindrical...

2006-02-06 22:13:07

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A volcano on an uninhabited island in Alaska erupted on Monday, sending a cloud of ash 22,000 feet into the air and triggering an elevation of the mountain's threat level. Scientists detected the morning eruption at Cleveland Volcano, a 5,676-foot peak, on satellite imagery, officials at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. The observatory issued a Code Red warning, the highest level of alert, for the volcano, because the ash cloud was near a level...

2006-02-06 21:40:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A volcano on an uninhabited island in Alaska erupted on Monday, sending a cloud of ash 22,000 feet into the air and triggering an elevation of the mountain's threat level. Scientists detected the morning eruption at Cleveland Volcano, a 5,676-foot (1,730-meter) peak, on satellite imagery, officials at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. The observatory issued a Code Red warning, the highest level of alert, for the volcano, because the ash cloud was near a level...


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