Three Volcanoes Are Erupting At The Same Time In Alaska

Four volcanoes are active in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

The volcanoes are in the archipelago off Alaska, where the Pacific tectonic plate meets others. Three of the four volcanoes are erupting, while the fourth is showing activity.

According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, the three erupting volcanoes are spewing steam, ash, or fully erupting, and the fourth volcano is exhibiting elevated surface temperatures.

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The threat level of the three volcanoes has been set to “orange,” which means eruptions are underway according to the Associated Press. The fourth volcano is listed as “yellow,” indicating signs of unrest.

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The Pavlof volcano is currently the most active. This isn’t surprising considering the United States Geological Survey gave the Pavlof volcano a threat score of 95 due to its frequent activity and potential impact on local communities.

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Recently, low-level ash emissions and minor explosions were captured on a webcam at the summit of the stratovocalno.

Speaking with the Associated Press, a geologist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory said, “It’s a very sneaky volcano. It can get going without much warning.”

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Volcanic activity, including a lava fountain, was also detected at the summit of Great Sitkin, another stratovolcano along the archipelago off Alaska.

Additionally, a volcano on the island of Semisopochnoi has been erupting and sending large plumes of ash thousands of feet into the air.

The fourth volcano, Cleveland, is located on Chuginadak Island. It’s been displaying seismic activity and elevated surface temperatures.

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While three erupting volcanoes may sound intimidating, they’re not proving to be disastrous. According to meteorologist Danielle Banks, “the states of eruption aren’t all that dramatic so far.”

Outside of Alaska, there are two other volcanoes under watch, one in Hawaii and one near Guam. Weatherboy reports that both are showing signs of activity.

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