Alaska Volcano: Possible Major Eruption Could Disrupt Air Travel

By on Sep 9, 2011 in Environment, Events, Science, United States, World Comments
Alaska Volcano Mount Cleveland
Aerial View Of Mount Cleveland
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

The Alaska volcano Mount Cleveland could possibly erupt according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) status report on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Possible major eruption could disrupt international air travel if the volcano spew ash up to flight levels.

The scientist-in-charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, Mr. John Power said in a report that a possible major eruption could happen if the dome continues to grow and plug up the crater. If this happens, it could create pressure that could result in “a fairly sizable explosion that could throw ash up to flight levels.”

The possibility of a major eruption has been stated on AVO‘s activity report after a persistent thermal anomaly has been observed indicating lava dome growth which now fills the floor of the crater.

Earlier report said that Observatory officials raised Mount Cleveland‘s alert level to “Watch” status due to continuous growth of its lava dome.

Mount Cleveland is about 5,676 foot-tall located on the uninhabited island of Chuginadak in the Aleutian chain about 940 miles (1,500 km) southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. It lies directly below the commercial airline flight path between North America and Asia.

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