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Mon Mar 28, 2016, 07:40 PM

Volcanic eruption covers Alaska village in ash, launches lava into sky

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

Pavlof Volcano, on the remote Alaska Peninsula 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, is sending up a huge column of ash that has covered the tiny village of Nelson Lagoon with a blanket of black grit and canceled some flights across the state.

The Pavlof eruption began at 4 p.m. Sunday and is generating seismic tremors at very high levels, lightning and a 400-mile-long ash plume to the northeast rising 37,000 feet, according to a Monday morning update on the Alaska Volcano Observatory’s website.

The level of volcanic activity associated with the eruption is “quite a bit more energetic” than researchers have seen since 1996, said Dave Schneider, a geophysicist with the observatory, which is operated by the U.S. Geological Survey in Anchorage. Mariners, pilots and residents of Cold Bay -- 37 miles southwest of Pavlof -- reported lava fountaining from the crater at heights up to about a half mile, Schneider said. The heat of the lava is expected to trigger mud flows into remote river valleys.

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Read more: http://www.adn.com/article/20160328/volcanic-eruption-covers-alaska-village-ash-launches-lava-sky



Awesome photos at the link. We're not having any effects here in Anchorage, but this could cause some issues for air travel.

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Reply Volcanic eruption covers Alaska village in ash, launches lava into sky (Original post)
Blue_In_AK Mar 2016 OP
roguevalley Mar 2016 #1
Blue_In_AK Mar 2016 #2
Scuba Mar 2016 #3
roguevalley Mar 2016 #4
Blue_In_AK Mar 2016 #5
yuiyoshida Mar 2016 #6
Nihil Mar 2016 #10
Bigmack Mar 2016 #11
yuiyoshida Mar 2016 #12
Duckfan Mar 2016 #7
Chicago1980 Mar 2016 #8
Blue_In_AK Mar 2016 #9

Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 07:44 PM

1. I remember when Redoubt blew one summer. I was walking from the drug store to the library when the

plume went up about a mile or two, then began to fall. I had to run the two block distance between places to get inside before it reached me fifty miles away as the crow flies. I also remember when Augustine went off when I was driving to Homer about 5 am and the snow was falling or so I thought. It was ash and the ash caused orange lightning to flash over the hood and around my car as I drove. It was insane.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 07:53 PM

2. Augustine was bad. We even got a lot of that up here.

The one that was most impressive to me here in Anchorage was Spurr in 1992 (?). It was a bright sunny day and then all of a sudden it was like a huge thunder cloud coming up in the west. What a mess!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 08:06 PM

3. Hope the air travel problems are resolved by mid-June. Especially hope nobody suffers harm.

 

The first one is kinda selfish.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 08:48 PM

4. are you coming up? Enjoy if you do. :D They usually go dormant again reasonably fast

I have several within 50-80 miles of me: Redoubt, Spur, Augustine and Illiamna.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 08:52 PM

5. You should be okay

over here on the road system. Pavlof is about 600 miles from here.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 11:09 PM

6. Pics











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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 12:37 PM

10. Wow ... that first one looks like a still from "Total Recall" but without the orange filter! (n/t)

 


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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 05:05 PM

11. WOW! GREAT pictures....thanks for this post nt

 

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Response to Bigmack (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 06:52 PM

12. well you can't have a volcano story

without pictures!!!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 11:13 PM

7. I survived Mt. St. Helens

I was in Oregon City at the time. I couldn't(cough, cough) breath. But I had asthma at the time.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 11:16 PM

8. Nature

Wasn't it Bobby Jindal who cracked jokes about volcano monitoring devices?

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Response to Chicago1980 (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 01:09 AM

9. Yes, it was Bobby Jindal,

and he was kind of a laughingstock up here at the time. It's not like planes can crash when they fly through that stuff or anything...

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