Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Stunning Images of Alaskan Volcano

An airline passenger captured the moment of his life, by taking the photograph of an Alaskan volcano erupting disseminating ash 20,000 feet into the air. The passenger was travelling on a Penair flight from Dutch Harbor to Anchorage in Alaska yesterday evening. So, he said that he had heard that the Pavlof Volcano on the Aluetian Islands had started to eruption ash so the pilot flew his plane closer in order for passengers to get a better look. Pavlof is in a volcano-rich, sparsely populated region about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula. Pavlof Volcano has been one of the most active in the United States since 1980, with eruptions recorded in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986–1988, 1996–1997, 2007, 2013, twice in 2014 and most recently in March 2016.

Therefore, U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the eruption of Pavlof Volcano, 600 miles southwest of Anchorage led to tremors on the ground.  Thus, they’ve also raised the volcano alert level to “warning” and the aviation warning to “red”. Although, regardless of the eruption there are no evacuations taking place or the ash affecting flights in the region.  The volcano is around 4.4 miles in diameter, has had 40 well-known eruptions and is 'one of the most regularly active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc.  However, the previous eruption was taken place in 2013; ash plumes raised 27,000 feet, whereas other eruptions have formed clouds as high as 49.000 feet.

Moreover the community closest to the volcano is Cold Bay, which is approximately 37 miles south west of it. It is Alaska’s second most active volcano has erupted over 40 times in recorded history. Although the first one is Shishaldin has had around 55 eruptions. Furthermore, Pavlof is amongst 52 historically active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc of the “Ring of Fire” string of volcanoes encircling the Pacific Ocean. Thus, the future threat of eruptions is considered on the high sides, as much of this threat comes from the possibility of disruption of nearby air routes by large releases of ash. The first recorded ascent of Pavlof Volcano was on June 27, 1928, but straightforward nature of the climb suggests that an earlier unrecorded ascent may have occurred. The second ascent was in June 1950.  However, the main challenge of climbing this peak is its remoteness and the consequent difficulty of access. 

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