Saturday, November 04, 2006

Mount Cleveland in Alaska spits up ashes!

The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is reporting that the Mount Cleveland volcano erupted at approximately 4 pm (AKDT) on Saturday.

Satellite data confirmed the presence of a drifting ash cloud moving ENE of the volcano. Based on satellite data, AVO estimated the height of the cloud to be 20,000 ft. above sea level, though one pilot report had it in excess of 30,000 ft.

AVO is raising the aviation color code to Orange and the volcanic activity alert level to Watch.
Short-duration eruptions such as this have been typical of Cleveland over the last several years. This is the fourth such known eruption this year, the previous one having occurred on August 24.
Cleveland Volcano is just west of Dutch Harbor, about 940 miles from Anchorage.

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