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Alaska Volcano Pavlof Erupts [PHOTO]: Prompts ‘Red Alert’ Warning

Travelers Today       By    Althea Serad

Updated: Jun 04, 2014 10:32 AM EDT

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Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts with a renewed height of intensity, emitting scores of ash and lava this week. As the Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts and brought in a column of smoke and ash that towered at 24,000 feet (7,315 meters), scientists have put a 'red alert' on the vicinity.

According to Reuters, the Alaska volcano which erupted is called the Pavlof Volcano. Fortunately, despite its intense activities, the volcano is situated in an uninhabited region which is nearly 600 miles (966 km) southwest of Anchorage. So far, reports say that as the Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts, the powerful eruption has not disrupted any regional air traffic. This was reportedly also thanks to good weather which made it easier for planes to steer the surroundings of the affected area.

Authorities said on Tuesday that the 'red alert' which happened as the Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts is their highest volcanic alert in five years. Yahoo News reports that the red alert warning issued by Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists as the Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts is the first red alert warning since 2009. The last one reportedly happened when the state's Mount Redoubt put off a succession of upsurges which also gave off ash that went up as high as 50,000 feet (15,240 meters).

Observatory research geologist Michelle Coombs said of the warning as the Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts, "This means it can erupt for weeks or even months. I don't think we will be at red for that long, but we are expecting it to go for a while based on its past."

According to Coombs, the affected areas are thankfully uninhabited, with the exception of a few hunting areas.

Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts and geologists reportedly began the red alert late on Monday. On Tuesday morning, since the red alert warning, plumes of ash have reached the height of 24,000 feet (7,315 meters).

Coombs said that the trail of ashes put off as the Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts, are created when lava bursts from the crater of the volcano. The plumes from the 8,261-foot (2,517-meter) volcano then falls back down on glacier ice, Coombs continued.

Coombs said, "Right now, with the weather clear, it's just putting on a good show. We're getting a lot of pilot reports and a lot of good photos, so we're able to keep a good eye on it."

Alaska Volcano Pavlof erupts and thankfully doesn't disrupt any flights. Volcano Pavlof reportedly lies below a route frequented by airlines planes which fly between North America and Asia. Observatory scientists said that these planes however fly at heights of 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) and would generally be unaffected by ash at lower elevations.

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