Alert level raised for Alaska volcano

The alert level for a remote volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has been raised after a small ash cloud was detected.

Geophysicist Rick Wessels at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said Monday no further emissions have been released from Cleveland Volcano since the ash was detected Saturday. The cloud prompted the alert level to be raised to orange, which means a volcano is under way with minor ash emissions.

According to the volcano observatory, infrasound data suggests a small explosion occurred at 11:25 a.m. Saturday.

Cleveland Volcano is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The volcano observatory says additional eruptions are still possible with little warning, and ash clouds 20,000 feet above sea level are possible.



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