Cleveland volcano erupts again

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutians erupted again Monday, sending an ash cloud as high as 30,000 feet that drifted 125 miles from the mountain, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The explosive eruption was detected by a satellite about 2:30 p.m.

An observer in the nearby village of Nikolski saw a strong haze from the ash, but no ashfall was reported there, the observatory said. The ash cloud was drifting east and southeast from the mountain.

It was the third eruption for the 5,675-foot volcano in a month. The first eruption was Feb. 19, and the second occurred March 11.

The peak is on the western half of uninhabited Chuginadak Island about 140 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor.

Since 1893, Cleveland has erupted about a dozen times.

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