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. Proud Wollverine

    The bulk of CNN readers are mindless sheep – for some reason, they consider "liberal arts" a sign of intellect!

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

      I see your trailer park manager is letting you play with his computer again today.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cachuw

      PW you must feel good looking down on us? You setting next to god? I thought he was the only head of the flock!

      September 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • lucianne

      Many of us consider thinking and learning a sign of at least trying to use the intellect that God gave us. Remember the story of the talents? Pretending the earth is flat is sort of throwing our gifts back into the face of the One who gave them to us.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A. Einstein

    Perhaps they can move it to Texas

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

      I LIKE BEEF TACOS!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rockdoc19

    I'm amazed by the number of morons here that seem to just make up their own science. Solar flairs causing quakes? no relation to global warming? Open a book and read, please!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      The erath has been warming for the last 10,000 yrs it's called the end of the last ice age,and has seen a increase in sesmic activity due to the release of pressure on tetonic plate from the reteating glaciers.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Sarah Palin believes that tetonic plates are something you put in the dishwasher.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Both of you managed to incorrectly spell "tectonic".

      September 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRH

      Made up science: It's called being a Republican. If it's too complicated for you to understand, just make something up that you can.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      JRH, I like beef Tacos!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous...

      Hate to bust your bubble (no sarcasm intended) but you can find that information on several (trustworthy) websites. And quite frankly there are a ton of different theories I've heard so far, I don't know if anybody at all knows for certain that those theories are false. Look them up on the internet.

      (and just to help you out a bit, I suggest that in the process you learn how to spell them). (sarcasm intended.)

      September 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fiona

    Maybe someone can use Sarah Palin and her plastic-surgery-that-isn't plastic-surgery-altered ditzy daughter to plug the leak.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      I just posted a comment about plastic surgery too, except it's Palin herself. Her pushing 50 jowls are gone and the neck has been tightened up. She is now sporting a 20 year old's jawline. Considering how narcissistic she is, my only suprise is that she waited this long to do it.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justin

    Sacrifice Palin to the volcano gods.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      That makes Beef Taco sense!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FauxNews

    Is it too late to build a house on the side of the volcano so I can get federal funds when it explodes?

    September 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Burbank

    I just hope it swallows up "face lift" Palin. Anyone notice that she was quiet and off the radar for a while and now her jowls are gone and the neck is tight again???

    September 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I've never paid that much attention to her..

      September 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Must be all of your Beef Tacos!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • STOPLIBSDOTCOM

      LOL.. I had to chuckle about the Palin stuff Cuz when Libs have nothing to say they make fun of other people , call names or just speak with no real meaning . 🙂
      again I wasn't disappointed in the Libs here.. There are a million things that could be discussed & yet name calling & making fun of a woman is all OK if it's against a Conservative.. BUT try it against Libs & :_) LOL LOL
      seriously , reading the posts here are like listening to a playground fight with 4th graders.
      You did too ! DID NOT.. DID too !! you're Fat ! yea.. well you have ....hum...(Obama Hum here ) ........have .A BIG NOSE !
      childish rhetoric .. nothing more. Again I figured there was NO real reason to follow CNN.. & I wasn't disappointed ....LOL

      September 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. thegodfearinglibtard

    God Almighty is punishing Alaska for unleashing Palin on us, as HE is punishing Texas for letting loose Perry on the good people of this country. HELP WANTED!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      We might not be dealing with this now if Sarah Palin's mother had liked to swallow.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Yes. Your comments make sense. Beef Tacos for everyone!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phil

    The name f the volcano is "Cleveland"!
    Lets move the thing to Ohio

    September 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LgMcB

      Um, no thanks...

      September 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    A volcano eruption is the earth pooting. I just pooted again, myself.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard Cranium

    Hey palintwit, you seem to be pretty obsessed with Sarah... Are you infatuated with her or just scared? Kind of creepy either way....
    It looks like you have plenty of time to sit on here and hang out with all of your friends and show off your smarts. No job? Living with mom? Waiting for your government check? I'm guessing all 3

    September 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit... America's favorite tard baby

      *** poot ***

      September 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. us1776

    Oh good !!

    I'm getting really bored with HUMAN reality TV.

    Maybe Mother Nature can do better.

    .

    September 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. james

    I love chicken

    September 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Eat it James. Beef Tacos rule the hen house!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Meat Puppet

    consider the volcano one of Mother Nature's "queefs"

    September 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT (ELF SLAYER , LEADER OF GKOP alliance , FRIEND OF FROZEN VENGENCE , PURPLE KUSH SMOKER , 82 CAMARO OWNER , 69 FIREBIRD OWNER , AVID TURKEY HUNTER , NOS USER , MIKE PATTON FAN , AND TRAINER OF VERY SMALL DOGS THAT HAVE SIZE ISSUES)

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    it's like a big zit about to pop!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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