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. Taylor

    Would just like to say that this article has some incorrect info. Inside the volcano would be magma not lava!

    September 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sniffit

    To quote Booby Jingle, Governor of Louisiana, from his speech in response to Obama's Stimulus speech in 2009:

    "...and something called 'volcano monitoring'???" [said with clear confusion and mocking derision for its inclusion in the package]

    Yep. Totally unnecessary wasteful use of government money and a just plain crazy precautionary expenditure for stuff that never ever happens. Anyone want to guess what even a minor volcanic eruption could potentially cost the state of Alaska and its citizens?

    September 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Piyush (his real name ) Jindal is too busy attending exorcisms to pay any attention to science.

      September 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Bet he wouldn't have complained about Hurricane monitoring.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ck1721

      Considering how far away from the mainland it is, probably very little. You should be more worried about what it does to the atmosphere. Sarah Palin may lose the view to Russia from her house (Something she never said), or worse, carbon dioxide levels could rise to dangerous levels and replace man as the leading cause of global warming.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • lucianne

      Yeah, it is always really foolish to try to learn something new. We wouldn't want that to happen, now would we?

      September 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bobby Jindal

    Their legislation is loaded with wasteful spending. It includes... 140 million for something called volcano monitoring. Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington D.C.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    No need to worry Alaskans. Your mighty SARAH will command the volcano to not erupt. And then she will go off on a tangent and string together a bunch of unrelated phrases that has not relevance to the volcano such as "It's all about jobs, lame stream media hype, Joe six pack the plumber, take our country back, Washington insiders, saddle our children and grand children with big government debt, I can see Russia from my house, the tea party, and we the people will overcome this force on nature “the volcano” that Obama's policies caused.”

    Palin for President! Palin for President! Palin for President!

    September 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ck1721

      In your hate for Sarah Palin, you forgot that she isn't running. If she did run, I think your head might explode. For the sake of your health, you should pray that she doesn't run.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cachuw

      Let's vote that MILF in ,what cha say?

      September 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • lucianne

      Odd, I didn't see hate in there anywhere – maybe contempt, but no hate. Usually, it is the tea party who hate, and shoot people, and start wars. But who's criticizing? Someone has to excercise population control.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      CK1721! I am just repeating some of the phrases Sarah used. They are not mine. If you see hate in them, than I guess Sarah is a hateful person. And I never said she is currently running for President. If you haven't heard, Sarah said she hasn’t made up her mind about running as yet. My comment, "Palin for President! Palin for President! Palin for President!" is merely urging and prompting her to run. Where is the hate in that? Perhaps you need to upgrade your education in order to accurately decipher what is hate and what is not.

      This country is in a sad state. It seem as though the dumber someone is, the better their chances of being President. Only in America the impossible is possible.

      CK1721 for President! CK1721 for President! CK1721 for President!

      September 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Angelique

    Rofl – religious people make me laugh. It's like they've denied any and all geological record. Even HISTORICAL record too!! I mean, how else can you possibly think all natural disasters were "prophecied" as if they are out of the ordinary. As if there were never any supervolcano explosions that killed off most of the population of the planet, or tsunamis, or earthquakes. It's like, they wrote a book and NOW all of those things must be prophecied, even though they've happened over and over again without those prophecies. Ugh, why do I even try to understand. What a mind@#%@.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lin

      What a bigoted, stereotyping, judgmental, badly spelled comment.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Laura

    I have a degree specifically in geology. Yes – volcanoes contribute to global warming by releasing greenhouse gases. The cooling you are referring to is caused when ash clouds block the sun. Volcanoes were more proliferic during the Paleozoic. We don't have that problem with global cooling from volcanoes. (Now who's the idiot?)

    September 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cachuw

      Laura, you'd the man!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phillip

    I hope it takes the Palins with it!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      *** LIKE ***

      September 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frangible

    But will you be able to see it erupting from Russia?

    September 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. palintwit

    I remember when they plugged that leaking oil well in the gulf using a week's worth of John McCain's soiled grampy diapers. This volcano might take two week's worth.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    I just pooted.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. redisgreat

    Michele Bachman would say it is a sign from God. Well if God is sending signs then Texas is in a hell of a mess. Oh wait, there is a Christian in charge in Texas. Hmmmmm, that God, always making with the jokes. It is almost as if there was no God at all. Nah. ????

    September 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ck1721

      Did you even read the article? I could understand a Pain reference like the rest of the lefties here, but you are making a comparison to a joke about a hurricaine which ACTUALLY did damage to the US. This volcano is almost 1,000 miles from Anchorage, and may not even erupt. Save the political hatred for a political article.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cachuw

      Red I think your onto sumpin! Dawg

      September 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I think CK1721 somehow got his/her underwear in a knot. Hey there, unknot your undies and you will experience the rapture of calmness and the clarity of a wise person. For only then will you be able to overcome and penetrate the cloud of the mighty Sarah.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HockeyMinny

    Oh, this must be one of those "maverick-ee volcanoes"... No worries, we'll pump glacier water into it. We don't need those glaciers anymore...

    September 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrea M

    The volcano god is hungry and wants a sacrifice! Bring forth Sarah!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Myto Senseworth

    I say quit monitoring anything. Just let people take their chances.No money spent. It will take us back to survival of the fittest and help with the over population problem.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lucianne

      I don't think being fit – or fitter – or fittest – has anything much to do with survival after contact with lava flow, or waves, or tornadoes.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JOE

    About to erupt any minute? I though it did when Sarah Palin arrived on the scene. And unfortunately her poisonous lava keeps spreading all over this country and continues to permeate our great democaracy with bigotry and hate.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
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