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. Thinking7

    Seeing as there have been a series of fairly strong earthquakes over the last few weeks, it would make sense. 6.8 just five days ago.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stanton

    WE SHOULD SACRIFICE ALL THE OBSTRUCTIONIST,REPUBLICAN'S AND THEIR INHUMAN TEA PARTY HANDLERS IN THIS VOLCANO IT WOULD MAKE MOTHER NATURE SO SICK SHE WOULD NEVER FORGIVE US!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Would you like a Beef Taco?

      September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      In-human is a stong phase. You should cut back on the verbal barage and enjoy a tasty Beef Taco!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Is Mother Nature a cannibal? Or perhaps you are and you are using Mother Nature as a clever rouse for your own true blood lust feeling? Chill with a Beef Taco!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • markus

      You would make a good writer for one of those disaster movies. You are gifted.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • show_us

      but if you did that who would be left to support your lazy a s s ?

      September 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      True, laziness is the absence of Beef Tacos!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      John, "A" beef taco, nay even TWO beef taco's, is a mere tease, but perhaps a THIRD will satisfy?

      September 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • IHopper

      Taco? How 'bout a pancake?

      September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Don't get me started on that flat cake nonsense. Beef Tacos only!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alan

    Does this mean that Palin is running? She mentioned something about the "fire in her belly."

    September 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I'd like to give her some fire in her belly....

      September 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stanton

    YES THE REPUBLICAN'S BOSSES IN THE TEA PARTY!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John Hein

    Sacrifice is the answer. I will sacrifice 2 Beef Tacos to my face!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I see your two and raise you 1....2 is a tease...

      September 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Hein

    I will soon be apart from my delicious Beef Tacos! What to do? Rack of Lamb? No, too passe. Perhaps Sushi? No, too inadequate. I know Beef Gyros. Nothing will replace my Beef Tacos!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Hein

    Beef Taco City!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Hein

    Don't even get me started with the Anti-God Chicken Taco. I would rather eat nothing. No Beef then no Deal.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gingerpeach

    Some of you people are so sick! No wonder our country is in such bad shape! It's called "NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING!"

    September 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      I respect nothing more than mother natures true beauty, Beef Tacos!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      I guess that Sarah Palin and Rick Perry can hold a Prayer Breakfast at the base of the volcano, urging God to put out the fire. Works for me!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I respect the booty Ginger!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Terry, it's a well known fact God won't hear them from the base...they actually need to be inside the volcano...inside the lava itself. The baby Jesus will serve them ice water,beef taco's, and vanilla wafers!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      And Ginger, our country is in such bad shape because we allow individual greed to be more important than the hive. You will be assimilated America...

      September 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sotellme

    I thought Palin brought all the hot air down here with her.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Not quite sure how to mix in Beef Tacos with you post... What do you know, I just did!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Don_J

    Is it anywhear near Wasilla?

    September 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Wasilla is home to some killer Beef Tacos!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Justin

    I just wanted to read all the Sarah Palin jokes. She has a "fire in her belly."

    September 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Fire in her belly for a Beef Taco!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ashley

    love how most of the comments have nothing to do with the volcano, f^cking retards

    September 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Not unlike your post. Cleaver disguise of foul language, whatever could your briliant yet inadequately sized brain be coding. An ancient Navajo dialect most likely describing your love for Beef Tacos!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    Beef tacos will make you poot poot a lot out of your poothole!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terry

    Will the volcano impact Sarah Palin's view of Russia from her house?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Cranium

      Now which one of the 57 states does she live in again???

      September 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
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