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Cleveland Volcano potential eruption could disrupt Alaska and Northwest US air travel


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Ned_L

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Thu 21-Jun-12 03:59 AM

The Cleveland Volcano, on the Aleutian Islands southwest of
mainland Alaska, erupted briefly yesterday afternoon, June
19th, creating an ash cloud at an estimated height of 23,000
feet above sea level according to the Alaska Volcano
Observatory and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The
volcano is located about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The observatory raised its color-coded alert for aviators to
orange, the third most serious of four levels, and warned on
its website that "additional sudden explosions of blocks
and ash are possible with little or no warning."

No activity was detected today, but the alert remained at
orange, the observatory said.

There is a concern about a more serious eruption, one that
would spew ash above 30,000 feet, as it could affect air
travel.

Satellite images of the ash cloud appeared to indicate the
cloud dissipated after about two hours.

For now, there is not a huge reason to be concerned if you're
traveling to Alaska this summer, but if you are, you should
monitor the situation. I know quite a number of members in
this forum have indicated they have booked trips to Alaska
which will occur through much of this year.

It is troubling that there is a new report that a pilot near
the volcano has now reported the ash cloud to have reached
around 35,000 feet.

Cleveland Volcano last erupted in December 2011 and has been
simmering steadily since a February 2001 eruption reportedly
sent an ash cloud to 39,000 feet.

Stay tuned. I'll update this thread as necessary.

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