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. Mary

    Truth 72, I agree with you. I don't understand how people cannot see this. Think about the last few years. Major earthquakes, floods, volcanos. And, they are happening more and more often. Years ago it would be a major thing if an earthquake took place. Now, it seems daily. Wake up people.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Not too long ago you wouldn't have had the internet to tell you the exact instant something happened, that's the only difference. The average frequency of earthquakes and volcanoes has not increased in the past century. Just as with any trend, there are peaks and valleys within a statistically defined normal range.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • barabbas2010

      dang it chris ! . . you're spoiling all the fun with your facts and data !!! . . get with the program dude !

      September 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Years ago it would be a major thing if an earthquake took place. Now, it seems daily'
      Because it is daily and has been since time began. Really, its nothing new, its just that today we have the technology to record and inform when they take place.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    @The Truth72

    Just what exactly does global warming have to do with the eruption of a volcano.
    Time to put that tin-foil hat back on dude /dudette. For it is written that lest ye being wearing your foil, ye shall be bombarded with all kinds of illusions.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Can't agree more. It's ridiculous how many people want to go on about global warming causing volcanic eruptions.
      Then, there are the other idiots who blame volcanoes for global warming, when the reverse is true, massive eruptions cause cooling.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • being frank

      As Earth is a product of the Sun and part of vast Universe-it is the Sun that warms the Earth. When the Sun's sunspots erupt they radiate the Earth w/ electro-magnetics similar to a microwave which causes the Earth interior core to shift resulting in the crust moving up and or down and existing fault lines to slip. Therefore quakes and volcanic c be predictable w/ solar activity.
      Get your fanny to and spaceweather. Every major solar flare m x or Cme has resulted in a volcano eruption or quake of 6.5 or higher! Sept 6 1283 blew so expect a cano or quake prior to Sept 13th=how about 9-11-11?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Zeppelin

      You didnt wear your tin foil hat
      and the republicans got to you.
      Shame, another life wasted.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Volcanoes cause global warming

      September 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • snooper27

      the foil didn't do it for me, also tried the epee, then realized truth 27 must be female so hunting for my broadsword now.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. V. P..

    Beautiful pic! I'm glad it's in a remote area, I hope this means that there won't be damage to life and limb.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BaadBoy

      It looks like a nice area for the Palins to go camping. With a little luck we'd fry every bird with one volcanic stone.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. palintwit

    Human sacrifice is the only thing that will appease this volcano. I nominate Sarah Palin.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I nominate every politician AND twit that posts political vitriol.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I nominate Michelle Bachmann to appease the volcano gods as well.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      We can scour the trailer parks and round up all the teabaggers, too.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Light In The Black

      Throw in Rick Perry to make sure it works.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • coffegirl

      lol...good one.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BaadBoy

      Wzrd1 since you're nominating every politician, then that makes you a twit posting political vitriol. Enjoy the furnace magic boy.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u


    People just can't seem to accept the fact that climate on earth goes through cyclical changes. This has been going on for longer than records have been kept. We just happen to be the generatons of peoples to be experiencing it this time. If our species should happen to survive long enough, hundreds, if not thousands of years from now, the people then will have a lot better understanding due to our advanced record keeping techniques. At least they won't be running around hollering " The sky is falling."

    September 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'People just can't seem to accept the fact that climate on earth goes through cyclical changes.'
      people can and do accept that, what people cannot accept is that mankind also has an effect, they want to wave it away and claim natural sources only.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • coffegirl

      Volcanoes and Earthquakes and other natural disasters are the results of what else is going on in our universe and on other planets, the sun and moon. We have just entered the 24th sun phase and the Sun will be very active for the next 4 to 5 years, peak being in 2013. If you have a chance, read up on the affects of the solar flares from the sun, or the phases of the moon...Coincidentally, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions often occur a day or two before the full moon and days after Solar flares.

      Yes, our earth is always changing, just so happens we can now talk about it in open forums. I'd be interested in knowing if we do survive another 1,000 years how our internet catalogging will refer to these days...It's not like we'll be printing this stuff out for our ancestors to dig up.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJay

      I gather from your post that you actually think that you know something. It can be hard to accept that you don't have even one percent of the knowledge necessary to form a logical opinion. That degree from the Fox News channel just isn't going to cut it.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. epicjourney

    Gee and I thought it was volcanoes causing global warming not the other way around!!

    September 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alec


      September 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ted


    September 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I think

    some oil companies should practice drilling out these lava zits. First here, then wyoming. Find ways to alleviate the world of ash clouds while allowing the lava to escape the core.

    Wonder how that would change the 'global cooling' mentioned.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      genius! yes, drill into molten rock!

      September 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hasc

    If they could just find a virgin to throw in.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SR

    I am wondering if this volcanic activity has anything to do with the earthquake last week.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • hasc

      Insofar as they both occurred on the same planet, yes.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Light In The Black

    The people laughed till she said burn.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. err

    if a volcano erupts in the Klondike and no scientist is around to measure it, will anyone care?

    While I'm all for the science, the hype we get over every event begins to take on aspects of crying-wolf.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yada

    "The average frequency of earthquakes and valcanoes has not increased in the past century." Please list your source of this data, Chris.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      The USGS site is a good place to start.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat2u

    @Cedar Rapids

    I ABSOLUTELY agree that mankind has hand in this with the pollution we are creating. But all I'm saying is most people will have you believe that nature has nothing to do with this.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. r-hope

    I saw the heading and clicked knowing that someone would be bashing S Palin – just cause it said 'Alaska"; I've not been disappointed.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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