Alaskan Volcano Unexpectedly ERUPTS Multiple Times! It’s Still HAPPENING!

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Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Brandon Ramsey in Geography

Volcanoes are nothing new, but typically we can expect them to go off once and then return to a dormant state. This isn’t the case with a particularly lively volcano in the Alaskan Aleutian chain of islands. Over the past several weeks, this volcano has erupted not once, not twice, but four times and counting!

Are these intermittent eruptions something we should be worried about? Let’s find out more straight from the source.

Multiple Eruptions Spanning Across 2016-2017


Paul Tuvman/Alaska Volcano Observatory

The Aleutian islands near Alaska were first rocked by a large eruption on December 21, 2016, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The eruption itself was spotted by pilots who were flying over the secluded islands. It was also spotted by satellite images.

This initial eruption produced an ash cloud that reached up to 32,000 feet in the atmosphere. Despite this impressive plume of ash and dust, the eruption lasted less than an hour. It seemed like this would be the end of the story, but as it turns out, it’s only the beginning.

Late in the night on December 21st, Bogoslof volcano became active again. The plume this time was a bit taller and reached up to 35,000 feet. Again though, the eruption only lasted about 30-minutes. Since these eruptions have interacted a lot with surrounding sea water, there has also been plenty of instances where volcanic lightning could be seen.

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These types of eruptions, known as Vulcanian eruptions, can sometimes be isolated, or they can indicate a period of prolonged activity. It seems like this is the latter option, as a third explosion was noted on December 30th, and another on Monday, January 2nd. Finally, another eruption has occurred on the morning of Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

This particular event was short like the others, but the plume reached up to 33,000 feet. The winds carried the cloud over the Bering Sea. As a result, the Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the color code to red and issued a “warning” to local planes.


Unalaska Island

The closest inhabited area is Unalaska Island, which is 35 miles southeast of the volcano. The city itself and the port of Dutch Harbor are on the east side of the island, about 61 miles from the volcano. As of now, the southwest winds are pushing the clouds north of the inhabited island.

Furthermore, the volcano itself is 850 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.

Over To You

Ann Harding/ACO USGS

These types of eruptions are concerning for those nearby, and it’s hard to tell when the volcano will finally cease activity. What do you think about this? Do you have anyone who lives near Bogoslof? Let us know in the comments!

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