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Warning Level For Alaskan Volcano Raised
2012-02-01 15:22:52

The Alaska Volcano Observatory raised a warning level for a remote Alaskan volcano on Tuesday, indicating a possible eruption. The center elevated the alert status for Cleveland Volcano after a new lava dome was spotted in the summit crater.  Officials said the dome was about 130 feet in diameter as of Monday. The volcano is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island, 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. Authorities say sudden eruptions could occur at any time, and ash...

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...

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2008-12-17 14:51:27

Three Alaska volcanoes erupted in midsummer 2008. Cleveland, Okmok and Kasatochi volcanoes, all located in Alaska's Aleutian Chain, made for a hectic 20th anniversary for the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Scientists from AVO and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will share details of their research on North Pacific volcanoes, highlighting some of the recent volcanic eruptions in Alaska, at a variety of presentations at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting...

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...

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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...

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...