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The Latest: Alaska volcano no longer spewing big ash cloud

March 30, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on eruptions at Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Researchers say a remote Alaska volcano is still rumbling and exploding but is no longer sending up massive ash clouds.

U.S. Geological Survey geologist Chris Waythomas says there’s still elevated seismicity, and the little explosions probably indicate lava fountaining at the summit.

Pavlof Volcano is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. It began erupting Sunday, sending up a massive ash cloud and disrupting some flights. Alaska Airlines resumed normal operations Wednesday.

Waythomas says clouds now surround the top of the 8,261-foot conical mountain southwest of Anchorage.

He says eruptions could stop abruptly or go on for months. Pavlof erupted intermittently for more than two years from April 1986 to August 1988.


12:15 p.m.

A spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines says the carrier has resumed normal operations after an erupting volcano disrupted flight plans earlier this week.

Pavlof Volcano erupted Sunday afternoon and sent a massive ash cloud to 37,000 feet that drifted north and east.

The ash cloud made its way across interior Alaska and by Tuesday had crossed into northern Canada.

Volcanic ash is sharp and abrasive and can cause a jet engine to shut down.

Alaska Airlines canceled 41 flights Monday and 28 flights Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan in an email says flights to six affected communities resumed Wednesday.

The airline added extra flights to Nome and Kotzebue to get passengers and cargo to the communities.


12:15 a.m.

A village not far from an erupting Alaska volcano has urged residents to stay indoors after the mountain rained down ash that coated the ground and turned some rooftops and car windows black.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says that the volcano kept pumping out new ash Tuesday that could threaten aircraft, but it came in smaller amounts at lower heights.

Pavlof Volcano is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. It began erupting Sunday.

U.S. Geological Survey geologist Kristi Wallace says there were reports of a significant ash fall in Nelson Lagoon, a village of 39 people near the mountain. Residents reported one-eighth to two-thirds of an inch of ash.

Officials say ash can be hazardous and the community has put out a health advisory to stay inside until Wednesday.

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