Ash from Alaska volcano prompts aviation warning

2018-11-22 07:43

An active Alaska volcano is ramping up, spewing ash emissions nearly 5km into the air.

Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists said on Wednesday that overnight ash emissions from Mount Veniaminof generated an ash plume that drifted more than 241km to the southeast.

The community of Perryville is about 40km south of the volcano. Geophysicist Dave Schneider, who is based in Anchorage, says there have been no immediate reports of ash falling in Perryville.

The ash emissions prompted an aviation warning. Schneider says that level of emissions would affect mostly smaller aircraft. Ash above 6 100m could threaten jet airplanes.

Veniaminof is 772km southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula. It became active again in early September.

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