Alaska volcano eruption: ‘Explosive’ 15,000ft ash cloud erupts – RED warning

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In the early hours of Wednesday morning (GMT), Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano erupted, prompting the Alaskan Volcano Observatory to set the volcano alert level to warning. The authority has also raised the aviation colour code to red.

An AVO and US Geological Survey (USGS) volcanic activity notice read: “A short-duration (1-2 minutes) explosive eruption began at 21:04 AKDT (5:04 UTC 26 May), resulting in an ash cloud up to 15,000 ft asl.

“Since that explosion, seismicity has decreased and satellite images show that the ash cloud has detached from the vent and is moving towards the east.

“Additional explosions are possible and the Aviation Color Code remains at RED and the Volcano Alert Level at WARNING.”

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