In November 2014, Alaska’s most active volcano rumbled back to life. The Alaska Volcano Observatory first reported increased seismic activity and minor ash eruptions at Pavlof on November 12, 2014. In the following days, lava fountains gushed from a vent north of the summit, and volcanic debris tumbled down the glacier-covered stratovolcano’s north flank.
By November 15, Pavlof was lofting ash plumes to an altitude of 30,000 feet (9 kilometers), high enough to disrupt commercial airline flights. Seismic activity and ash eruptions diminished abruptly on the evening of November 16, but the Alaska Volcano Observatory cautioned that pauses of days to weeks are common during Pavlof’s eruptions. The volcano could spew ash again with little warning.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory first detected earthquakes associated with the movement of magma and heat at Pavlof’s summit on November 12, 2014. Photographs and satellite imagery confirmed an eruption soon after.
References & Resources
Alaska Volcano Observatory (2014, November 17) Daily Update. Accessed November 17, 2014.