Saturday, August 18, 2007

Alaska: Volcano eruption is near

A volcano alert has been issued for the Pavlof Volcano near Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory issued the advisory alert, which is the first step in watching for an eruption.

Observatory scientists say similar activity occurred before eruptions in 1996, 1986, 1983 and 1981.

Pavlof is a steep volcano that is 8,262 feet high. It is 1 of the most active volcanos in the Aleutians. Cold Bay is 37 miles southwest of the volcano.

In 1996, the volcano produced a number of ash explosions, lava fountains and lava flows over several months.

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