Saturday, May 31, 2014

Low-level eruption at Alaska's Pavlof Volanco; pilot sees plume

May 31, 2014 - 4:40 pm EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Authorities at the Alaska Volcano Observatory say elevated surface temperatures suggest the Pavlof Volcano is having a low-level eruption with lava at the surface.

They said Saturday that satellite imagery shows a steam plume and a pilot reported a gas and ash plume drifting north about 8,000 feet above sea level.

The 8,262-foot volcano is one of the state's most active volcanoes. It is located about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage.

An eruption last year prompted regional airlines to cancel flights to nearby communities.

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