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Volcano Sends Ash Over 20,000 Feet in the Air!


A volcano on the Alaska Peninsula erupted on Sunday, sending ash over 20,000 feet in the air and prompting some aviation alerts. The Alaska Volcano Observatory updated on their website that the current alert level has risen to warning and that the aviation color code is red. The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday cited reports from pilots, as well as satellite data, showing that the ash cloud has risen. The volcanic cloud height has risen to around 37,000 feet and extends 400 miles to the northeast of the volcano. The Pavlof Volcano is a snow and ice-covered stratovolcano located on the southwestern end of the Alaska Peninsula about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage. Lava has been reported through the night by mariners and pilots as well as residents in Cold Bay, which is located about 40 miles to the southwest. A Penair Flight from Dutch Harbor to Anchorage flew right by the eruption allowing Colt Snapp to grab this photo.

Satellite imagery showed the ash plume very clearly moving to the northeast of the volcano.

The Pavlof Volcano has over 40 historic eruptions and is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, lightning associated with the ash eruption has been detected.

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