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Volcano observatory monitors volcanic ash over Aleutians

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cleveland Volcano in an uninhabited area of the eastern Aleutians erupted Monday, sending a cloud of ash into the air, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

A light dusting of ash was reported by residents in the village of Nikoski, 40 miles west of the volcano, said seismologist Seth Moran.

The volcano observatory is tracking the ash cloud by satellite imagery.

Officials with the volcano observatory say the main part of the cloud was located about 17,000 feet above sea level and was drifting southeast, toward the western end of Umnak Island. Another cloud of ash was detected at about 30,000 feet.

Mount Cleveland is on the western half of Chuginadak Island. It's erupted 11 times since 1893, the most recent eruption occurring in May of 1994.

Officials with the volcano observatory say Mount Cleveland's eruptions have usually been short-lived explosive bursts which have sometimes been accompanied by lava flows.



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