Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano Spews Ash 20,000 Feet Into The Sky
U.S. Geological Survey raised the alert level to “warning” after the Pavlof Volcano on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Pavlof is 4.4 miles in diameter and its highest point stands 8,261 feet above sea level on Sunday afternoon, sending ash
20,000 feet into the air according to ibtimes.com.
Mariners, pilots and residents in nearby Cold Bay saw lava flowing from the top of the volcano throughout the night, the
observatory said. The volcano began erupting suddenly on Sunday, the observatory said. It’s the first eruption for the volcano since 2014.
Pavlof, which is about seven miles in diameter and located 592 miles southeast of Anchorage, is described by the center as “one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian Arc.” In the past, it has sent ash plumes as high as 49,000 feet, according to the observatory.
Colt Snapp captured this stunning photograph of the plume from a Penair airplane at 7 p.m. as he was flying back to Anchorage from Dutch Harbor, reports CNN. “No delays or problems, pilot made purpose to get as close as possible to let
everyone get great look at it,” he posted on Twitter.