Alaska's Cleveland Volcano Erupting Low Level Emissions Near Air Traffic Route

Posted: May 6 2013, 3:54am CDT | by , in Misc


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Alaska's Cleveland Volcano Erupting Low Level Emissions Near Air Traffic Route

The Cleveland Volcano in Alaska erupts again on Saturday. But the emissions are low level and cause no danger to human life. Only flights get delayed, not cancelled, due to the eruption caused near air traffic route. Scientists are closely observing the eruption 24/7.

Cleveland Volcano is emitting smoke and ash since yesterday. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) recorded that emissions are low level and pose no rick for domestic and international flights at this time. No human life is in danger as mountain is situated in an uninhabited area.

Alaska Volcano Observatory authority noticed emission early morning at 5am, and later on 9:17am and last on 11:44am. Scientists from Alaska Volcano Observatory and United States Geological Survey said that ash cloud may go high as 20,000 feet. Signs of ash are seen all around volcanic mount.

Rick Wessels, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist said that ash has spread downward 15,000 feet to eastward and slightly less in westward direction. Recorded Seismic signals prove long duration of continuous eruptions in the morning on Saturday.

Last highest reported height was 39,000 feet in year 2001 which came with outburst lava and blocks along with dusty ash cloud. Mount is 5,679 foot high. It covers an area of 940 miles. Latest noted seismic energy waves were recorded in year 2012 according to Reuters.

Media has created a fake hype from this event. But these are extreme low level emissions of Cleveland’s history. The island is uninhabited and ash cloud poses no visible threats to international flights. These events have not caused any human death so are not very harmful. They are far from residential points.

A team of scientist is appointed to look after the scenario and give recommendations. They will issue early warnings based on recorded facts to FAA and mariners to shift the flight plane and avoid the area.

No department has any physical installation on mountain for early seismic detection and warning. The core data sources right now are satellites, seismic equipment installed on other mountains almost 50-60 miles away.

Alaska solely has more than 40 volcanoes. It is 80% of whole United States. The Cleveland is located in forbidden zone which is situated in Chuginadak Island. This mountain series far extends towards Russian from this Alaska region.

USGS has one installation in Nikolski close to it about 45-50 miles away. It is almost uninhabited area with only 18 living people. Scientists are recording seismic waves from this point which receiving pictures, heat stamps and activity monitoring from US Geological Satellites

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