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Alaska volcano continues to spew lava

17 May 2013, 09:56

Anchorage - A remote Alaska volcano continues to erupt, spewing lava and ash clouds.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said on Thursday a continuous cloud of ash, steam and gas from Pavlof Volcano has been seen 20 000ft above sea level.

The cloud was moving to the southeast on Thursday.

John Power, the US Geological Survey scientist in charge at the observatory, estimates the lava fountain rose several hundred feet into the air.

Onsite seismic instruments are picking up constant tremors from the eruption at Pavlof, located about 1 000km southwest of Anchorage.

Residents of Cold Bay, 60km away, have reported seeing a glow from the summit.

Pavlof is among the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, with nearly 40 known eruptions, according to the observatory.

- AP


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