Volcano Eruption In Alaska: Flights May Be Disrupted

A volcano in Alaska that has been active for the past six months has erupted again, raising the aviation alert level to red. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted for almost an hour on Sunday afternoon. Volcano eruption sent a cloud of ash at least 10,670 meters (35,000 feet). The warning was raised to red, the highest possible level by the Alaska Volcano Observatory, following the eruption. Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos is a potential threat to airliners operating between North America and Asia. It happens when a cloud rises above  6,100 meters (20,000 feet). Ash from volcanoes can harm and even stop jet engines. Alaska Alaska The eruption took place at 2.16 pm local time and lasted for a total of 55 minutes. Although the aviation alert code has been lowered to orange, the second-highest level, now, a red warning for a volcanic eruption means flights could be grounded for several days until the ash totally clears off the skies. Bogoslof Volcano is a submarine stratovolcano, a conical volcano built up over many layers. Its absolute summit forms Bogoslof Island, located on the southern edge of the Bering Sea. Over the last six months, the island has more than tripled in size as a result of frequent eruptions. The last eruption occurred on May 17. Sunday’s eruption marks the most significant to date. Starting in December, the volcano erupted almost daily. As of March 11, 2017, Bogoslof Island had grown to 242 acres in size and is expected to continue to grow. The National Weather Service also issued an alert that the ash cloud may climb as high as 50,000 feet. Local observers reported a “large white-gray mushroom cloud” over the volcano, which was causing continued ash fallout to the west of the eruption. Alaska Volcano Eruption Alaska Volcano Eruption