Cleveland Volcano erupts in Aleutians

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ANCHORAGE - There are now two active volcanos in Alaska's Aleutians Islands.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports Cleveland Volcano erupted Monday, sending ash up to 17,000 feet in the air. Geophysicist Rick Wessels says pilots are reporting surface ash extending up to 50 miles southeast of the volcano.

Cleveland is about 90 miles west of the Okmok Volcano, which continues to erupt. Okmok's ash plume on Monday was nearly 20,000 feet, down significantly from the 30,000-foot level plumes reached over the weekend.

Okmok, which is 852 miles from Anchorage and began erupting July 12, became more active on Saturday.

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