Pavlof Volcano Awakens



Pavlof, with low-level ash emission, viewed from Cold Bay, around 5 pm AST, November 12, 2014. Photo courtesy of Robert Nielson. 


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    Pavlof Volcano is awake again on the Alaska Peninsula. The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports that Pavlof, quote-”has entered a new phase of eruptive activity.”

    Last night [Wednesday] the volcano was upgraded from ‘normal’ to ‘watch’ status — the middle tier of their system, indicating heightened unrest.

    The AVO reports that Pavlof is spewing ash up to 9,000 feet above sea level, visible in neighboring Cold Bay. Scientists also saw increased seismic activity at the volcano yesterday [Wednesday] afternoon.

    Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in the state — but it’s been quiet since June, when it erupted for about a week. During that event, Pavlof sent up an ash plume more than 20,000 feet and caused a string of local flight cancellations. There is no word of any flight problems so far from the latest eruption.

    The volcano’s eruptions have been known to escalate quickly, according to the AVO. They can last just a few days, or as long as several weeks. 

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