The Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the 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.
View of #Shishaldin #volcano incandescence as seen from Cold Bay, last night (Jan 6), about 58 mi NE of the volcano. Photos courtesy of Aaron Merculief. AVO Shishaldin updates here: https://t.co/cpWlp8NTdS pic.twitter.com/1mYHQltdS6
— Alaska AVO (@alaska_avo) 7 de enero de 2020
🔴 #Shishaldin eruption: @CopernicusEU #Sentinel2 data today at 22:09UTC captured the ongoing eruption of the #volcano , referring to the @alaska_avo report. #Alaska @RobMayeda @VanDamCNN @weatherdak @nochedevolcanes @UNAVCO @afreedma @windyforecast@eruptionsblog @EricHolthaus pic.twitter.com/C6ZmCmzy2O
— antonio vecoli (@tonyveco) 8 de enero de 2020