Scientists concerned by continued eruptions at Alaskan volcano

September 18, 2011ALASKAThe two-month long, low-level eruptions occurring at a volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands have volcanologists worried that there could be a larger eruption forthcoming, Yereth Rosen of Reuters reported on Friday. The volcano causing concern is Cleveland Volcano (also known as Mount Cleveland), a 5,676-foot peak located less about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. As previously reported here on Red Orbit, an eruption warning was issued by the Alaska Volcano Observatory in late July. At that time, the Daily Mail warned that Cleveland Volcano “could be poised for its first big eruption in ten years,” and that experts believed that it could “erupt at any moment, spewing ash clouds up to 20,000 feet above sea level with little further warning.” Nearly eight weeks later, such an eruption remains a definite possibility. “The big thing we’re concerned about is an explosive eruption,” Steve McNutt of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a coordinating scientist for the observatory, told Rosen. Such an eruption, the Reuters reporter says, could come with “little warning.” Satellite imagery has reportedly shown a lava dome growing inside the volcano’s crater, and the observatory has reports that Mount Cleveland continues to generate heat. To date, there have been no signs of ash clouds, Rosen said, but those, too, could come with little warning. McNutt told Reuters that they are concerned that the dome could completely seal off the crater vent, thus causing pressure to build until it is released suddenly and violently. Alternatively, the dome could topple, which would trigger “molten flow down the mountain that releases gas and ash into the atmosphere while lava and rocks tumble,” Rosen said. Cleveland Volcano rests underneath a flight path between North America and Asia that is said to be utilized by several major airlines, which means that an eruption there could create havoc when it comes to airline travel. Twenty-one confirmed eruptions have taken place at Cleveland Volcano over the past 230 years, with the only fatality coming in 1944, when a US soldier stationed there during World War II went missing and was presumed dead following a VEI 3 level eruption. The mountain erupted twice in 2010 and three times in 2009. –Red Orbit
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3 Responses to Scientists concerned by continued eruptions at Alaskan volcano

  1. Wiseguy says:

    Those ”scientists”… Sometimes they should read Alternative News Websites, they would connect the dots more often. They should go out from their hermetic bubble point of view. Here’s a quote that says it all ”If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.” -Peter Ustinov

    • ROFL Wiseguy. I was definitely laughing out loud when I read this. I suppose, after reading all of this news, we do need something to laugh about. I do agree though. And any scientist who does try to connect the dots, is ostracized. And no, I don’t hate science. They just sometimes have tunnel vision and can’t look at the whole picture.

      Thank you Alvin for keeping us posted on all of these volcanoes. Sometimes trying to find goo information is like looking for a needle in a haystack, which, with everything else I’m trying to read, do, and study, I don’t always have time for.

      Maranatha

  2. luisport says:

    Old but incredible! Floating Volcanic Stones and New Island in the South Pacific
    Summary:
    Emailed photographs claim to depict large areas of volcanic stones floating on the ocean as well as the birth of a new volcanic island (Full commentary below).

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/new-pacific-island.shtml

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