Airplanes warned to avoid Alaska volcano airspace

Airplanes are being warned to avoid airspace near an erupting Alaska volcano.

By: Associated Press | Alaska | Published: November 16, 2014 4:16 am
Airplanes are being warned to avoid airspace near an erupting Alaska volcano. (Picture for representation.) Airplanes are being warned to avoid airspace near an erupting Alaska volcano. (Picture for representation.)

Airplanes are being warned to avoid airspace near an erupting Alaska volcano as it spews ash 30,000 feet (9,000 meters) above sea level.

The National Weather Service said Saturday that ash is being blown to the west and northwest of Pavlof Volcano.

Pavlof began erupting three days ago, pushing lava out from a vent near its summit. On Friday, the ash cloud reached 16,000 feet (4,8008 meters).

Alaska Volcano Observatory Geophysicist Dave Schneider says the eruption intensified at 6 am Saturday, sending the ash cloud higher.

Schneider says it’s not clear how long the eruption will last. He says Pavlof’s eruptions may last for weeks or months with varying levels of intensity.

Pavlof is Alaska’s most active volcano. It sits along international air routes connecting Europe, North America and Asia.

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