Alaskan volcano could erupt, disrupt international air travel
A true-color satellite image of Cleveland Volcano collected by the Worldview-2 sensor on October 7, 2011.
February 1st, 2012
04:30 AM ET

Alaskan volcano could erupt, disrupt international air travel

Officials are monitoring a remote Alaska volcano that could launch an ash cloud, potentially threatening intercontinental flights.

"Eruptive activity" of Cleveland Volcano was detected in satellite data, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The volcano, also known as Mount Cleveland, is on the Aleutian Islands, southwest of mainland Alaska.

Steve McNutt, a scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said 90% of air freight from Asia to Europe and North America flies over Alaska air space, and hundreds of flights - including more than 20,000 passengers - fly through Anchorage's air space daily.

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  1. Martin

    To: Al Gore,
    Go to the rim of the volcano and wait. Take Pelosi, Frank, Reid and all the Occupiers with you.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    @ MARTIN LMAO totally agree

    February 1, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    @martin that way al gore can really experience global warming LMAO

    February 1, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • hillman

      was so lame

      February 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillman

      big al was right

      February 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy ©

    Exactly *how* does a volcano, which has absolutely zero to do with Al Gore, global warming, climate change, or whatever, get politicalized?
    See above posts.

    February 1, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy ©

    Al Gore was also responsible for Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. St. Helen's erupting, also.
    Bad Al Gore.
    Bad, BAD Al Gore.

    February 1, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    @actually banasy You are correct.I was just joking with the other guy.When he posted that comment that was the first thimg that came to mind,not looking to get in a arguement

    February 1, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy ©

    I know, gung hoe...my posts were tongue-in-cheek also.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Kumbaya my friends, Kumbaya.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      It's all good, Rawr.
      We know...

      @BOMBO:
      Have you ever BEEN to Cleveland?

      It's a joke, folks....
      I have a feeling it's gonna be one of those days....

      February 1, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    I'll play stupid today. Why in the heck is the Cleveland Volcano in Alaska?

    February 1, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    I'm not going to Cleveland until Rush is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Or if they at least put Loded Diper in as a joke.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Umm, sure

    The Alaskan volcano COULD erupt and disrupt air travel, buit that means it also COULDN'T erupt, which makes me feel better.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    When will we know For Certain that the volcano will erupt & disrupt air traffic?? Tomorrow, next wk? "Eruptive activity" sounds more S.e.x.ual than political to me, but maybe because I haven't had none for a while!!

    February 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      LMAO!
      NOT going to touch that one, Fern!!

      February 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pmk1953

    Sarah Palin was out shootin' at some food, and up from the ground came some stinky ol' fumes.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Amazing shot, that woman, considering she lives in Arizona now….lol! ;)

      February 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |