Volcano in Alaska sends ash spewing 20,000 feet high

A volcanic eruption in Alaska sent ash 20,000 feet up in the air and prompted flight warnings, according to authorities.

The Pavlof Volcano, located on the Aleutian Islands, began "erupting abruptly" Sunday afternoon, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

A volcano alert warning remained in effect early Monday morning, and the aviation warning color code remains red, its highest level.

Ash was reportedly moving north after the eruption, according to the volcano observatory.

Ash cloud from #Pavlof visible on 6:45 p.m. (AKDT) infrared satellite image streaming northward. pic.twitter.com/mlXzZT0kBU

— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) March 28, 2016

Pavlof's eruption plume, 4:58 pm March 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Nikita Robinson. https://t.co/EFMcIK0rE7 pic.twitter.com/v8hh5TeJXv

— Alaska AVO (@alaska_avo) March 28, 2016

Seismic activity was also reported after the quake.

The volcano last erupted in November 2014.

A few planes appeared to be flying nearby early Monday morning Eastern Time, according to Flightaware.com.

( Source )

1 view