Alaska volcano erupts, sending ash 20,000 feet in the air

A volcano on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands erupted Sunday afternoon, sending ash 20,000 feet into the air. 

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the Pavlof Volcano, located about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted at 4:18 p.m. local time (8:18 p.m. ET). The agency said that the eruption also led to tremors on the ground.

The agency says the volcano, which is about 4.4 miles in diameter, has had 40 known eruptions and “is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc.”

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says that ash plumes from past eruptions have risen as high as 49,000 feet. During a previous eruption in 2013, ash plumes rose 27,000 feet.

The community closest to the volcano is Cold Bay, which is about 37 miles southwest of it and has a population of approximately 100 people. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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