Alert level to “Red” due to eruption of one of the biggest volcanoes in Alaska

The Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the alert level to “Red” due to eruption of one of the biggest volcanoes in Alaska.

Alert level to “Red” due to eruption of one of the biggest volcanoes in Alaska

On Friday, the volcano experienced its first major eruption since mid-December, sending ash up to 27,000 feet in the air. Fortunately for residents, winds brought the ash to uninhabited ocean to the south of the island.

However, since then, winds have shifted to the east-northeast.

The National Weather Service issued an aviation advisory for the area and the volcanic ash plume is directly over the Cold Bay area.

Although waiting for a wind of change, the cone-shaped volcano ‘Shishaldin’ on Unimak Island continued to erupt on Tuesday.

According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, the explosive eruption started around 5 a.m.

A geophysicist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory Hans Schwaiger said that around 11:30 a.m. the ash cloud became much richer.

“It just took a much more, truthfully, hazardous form,” he said.

According to Cold Bay city administrator Angela Simpson, the ash isn’t visible because of the rain and snow that is falling on the city.

Besides, Simpson said that Ravn Alaska canceled a flight scheduled for Tuesday afternoon due to the ash plume.

Source: KTUU

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