Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano erupts, more explosions possible
Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano located in the Aleutian Islands erupted Wednesday.
Following the eruption, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) issued a red aviation alert level warning for the area, which means there is likely a high emission of volcanic ash in the atmosphere. The volcano is approximately 26 miles from the community of Adak.
Great Sitkin experienced a “short-duration” eruption lasting one to two minutes at 5:04 GMT. Its ash cloud reached up to 15,000 feet above sea level.
“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,” the AVO said.
Subsequent explosions are still possible.
According to the AVO, Alaska holds more than three-quarters of all U.S. volcanoes that have erupted over the past 200 years.
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