Alaska Volcano On Watch Status

By on Sep 8, 2011 in Environment, Events, Science, United States, World Comments
Alaska Volcano Mount Cleveland
Alaska Volcano, Mount Cleveland
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Alaska volcano Mount Cleveland has been under observation from September 3 to September 6, 2011 after an indication of lava dome growth, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory‘s (AVO) activity report on September 7, 2011.

ABC News reported that the lava dome has resumed growing which prompted the officials to raise the alert level to watch status with an aviation color code of orange. The Alaska Volcano Observatory officials said that the dome was 262 feet in diameter on August 30 and is now about 394 feet in diameter.

According to reports, the measurement of the volcano’s dome is an indication that Mount Cleveland could erupt at any moment and could produce ash clouds that exceed 20,000 feet above sea level.

Meanwhile, Observatory officials said that the advisory was based on “thermal anomalies” detected by satellite and ash-producing events can occur anytime without warning.

Furthermore, AVO said that they will continue to monitor Mount Cleveland using satellite data as it becomes available.



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