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  • Three volcanoes in remote areas of Alaska are in various stages of eruption.
  • The three volcanoes include the Pavlof Volcano, the Great Sitkin Volcano, and the volcanic island of Semisopochnoi.
  • The Alaska Volcano Observatory said no small communities near the volcanoes are currently in danger from the eruptions.

Three volcanoes in remote areas of Alaska are in various stages of eruption.

The Pavlof Volcano at the end of the Alaska Peninsula is emitting low levels of ash, prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory to upgrade its alert level from yellow, meaning “exhibiting signs of elevated unrest,” to orange, which is “an eruption is underway that poses limited hazards.”

Meanwhile, in the Aleutian Islands, the Great Sitkin Volcano has confirmed reports of a lava fountain at its summit.


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“This lava fountain is kind of unusual for Great Sitkin, but it’s been fairly passive at this point,” Chris Waythomas, a geologist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, told The Associated Press. 

At the western end of the Aleutian Islands, the uninhabited volcanic island of Semisopochnoi has been erupting intermittently. According to Waythomas, it even sent a cloud of ash 10,000 feet into the air.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory told The Associated Press that no small communities near the volcanoes are currently in danger from the eruptions.


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Published on Aug 06, 2021