Cleveland Volcano erupts in Alaska's Aleutian Islands
Published Monday, July 21, 2008
ANCHORAGE -- There are now two active volcanoes in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports Cleveland Volcano erupted Monday, sending ash up to 17,000 feet in the air. Geophysicist Rick Wessels says pilots are reporting surface ash extending up to 50 miles southeast of the volcano.
Cleveland is about 90 miles west of the Okmok Volcano, which continues to erupt. Okmok's ash plume on Monday was nearly 20,000 feet, down significantly from the 30,000-foot level plumes reached this weekend.
Okmok, which in 852 miles from Anchorage and began erupting July 12, became more active on Saturday. That prompted the Alaska Volcano Observatory to issue a warning to pilots to be wary.Photos of Okmok and Cleveland volcanos from the Alaska Volcano Observatory site: