Remote Alaska volcano might erupt soon, experts say
This aerial photograph from August 2011 shows the Cleveland Volcano's summit crater.
September 7th, 2011
11:26 AM ET

Remote Alaska volcano might erupt soon, experts say

Alaska's Cleveland Volcano could soon be leaking from its flanks if the lava inside continues to build up, officials at the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.

The observatory reported that the volcano's lava dome was 262 feet in diameter on August 30 and has now expanded to 394 feet.

"The presence of the lava dome increases the possibility of an explosive eruption, but does not necessarily indicate that one will occur," the observatory said. "Short-lived explosions could produce an ash cloud that exceeds 20,000 ft above sea level."

The observatory said it did not expect air travel problems if the volcano erupted.

Because "the small lava dome in the summit crater has resumed growth and now fills the floor of the crater," the observatory is raising its alert level.

The remote volcano is in the Aleutian Islands, about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Because the volcano is in such a remote area, the observatory webcam feed has experienced technical difficulties. But you can still check the webcam here.

soundoff (209 Responses)
  1. Dale

    Good we need a huge volcanic eruption may be it will stir up the atmosphere a little bit and cool things off.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Volcanic ash makes for a great Beef Taco!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Emi

    Ah, thank you for correcting me. I keep forgetting a zero in there, thank you. =)

    September 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mylive1

    Hey madasamoose lol entertainment

    September 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mylive1

    Wzrd1 freaking hilarious nominate sarah palin lol bogus but funny

    September 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marie

    OBAMA IN 2012 ! ! !

    September 8, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • josh

      he might be impeached way before then.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      I will vote for Obama if he makes Beef Tacos priority one!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • bogus

      yeah, hes totally getting impeached... save yourself the hassle, shut your mouth.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Hein

    W A R N I N G !
    This just in from the Center for Volcano Control (CVC).
    Volcanos make Beef Tacos scared.
    Please cover their eyes from the horror!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. John Hein

    Nothing basic about geology just interesting observation. Just let the Beef Taco guide you!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Justan American

      Beef is not good for you.

      Deep fried beer battered fish tacos are so much better for you.

      Try it with Alaskan Halibut,you will think you died and went to heaven.

      Just saying....

      September 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jjpdog

    Right now, it looks like Cleveland is just steaming.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Brewmaster


      September 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Iceland's Katla volcano is nearly as remote but they don't have to make excuses for poor webcam service. They keep their's up.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
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