Pavlof volcano has erupted yesterday, March 27 and in doing so has sent ash plumes flying at a height of 20,000 feet in the air. While this is not a record for the Alaskan volcano, fortunately no victims were recorded as it is situated in a remote location.
Cold Bay, the closest settlement is about 37 miles away from the Aleutian Arc, an area comprised of numerous active volcanoes. The distance between Pavlof and Anchorage is of about six hundred miles.
The volcano has previously burst while sending ashes about 27,000 feet above in 2013, and its history includes forty outbreaks. Among these, the most powerful one is recorded to have shot the plumes of ash 50,000 feet into the air.
The Aleutian Islands are situated in Alaska, and are known to house many active volcanoes. Pavlof has decided to erupt once more, after only two years since its previous burst. The volcano sent gray ashes drifting in the air, but at the moment no danger is expected.
Being 37 miles away from the settlement of Cold Bay and 600 miles to the southwest of Anchorage, the explosion did not record any casualties. Pavlof measures 4.4 miles in diameter and is the king of most consistent active volcanoes part of the Aleutian Arc. Its fortieth eruption took place last Sunday at 4:18 p.m., causing ash plumes to fly high into the air, at a height of approximately 20,000 feet.
The information was reported by the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey), which also assured everyone that no airplanes or settlements were damaged in the process. As a measure of precaution, Pavlof has received a warning status, and the alerts of airplanes in the area have become red because of the high altitude of the fumes.
However, the 20,000 feet altitude is nothing compared to the previous eruption from 2013, when the ashes were thrown at 27,000 feet up in the sky. Pavlof’s record is currently set at 49,000 feet. While yesterday’s burst does not pose any visible threats, the U.S. Geological Survey is currently tracking the way the phenomenon unfolds.
According to the USGS,
“Although most of the volcanoes in Alaska are remote and not close to populated areas, millions of dollars of air freight and 20,000-30,000 people fly over active Alaskan volcanoes daily traveling between North America and Asia. In fact, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is ranked the fifth busiest air cargo hub in the world based on tonnage.”
Avian traffic authorities have declared they have taken all necessary precautions, and even if airplanes will have to rethink their route they will not be exposed to peril. More information is expected to be released regarding detours or reschedules of airline companies.
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