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. Joshua Ludd

    Well, personally.. I think this is awesome.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Not as awesome as a Beef Taco!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. hammertim12

    This is definetly one of the more interesting comment streams i have seen.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom Tucker

    Summary of this article:
    Tom: "Now we go to Ollie Williams with the latest report."
    Ollie: "It's Gonna Explode!"
    Tom: "Thanks Ollie!"

    ....really CNN....
    This Just In........Volcanos......might erupt.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justinstl

      lol love it I love Oillie Williams cept he would say "its gonna SPLOAD!

      September 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I love it. I love family guy. LOL

      September 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justinstl

    Ther Earth is ready to purge itself of Humans....its about time!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alaskan

      Starting with you first !

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

      I'm guessing that you have no faith in the power of a Beef Taco!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. sarah

    I hope its far enough away that no one gets hurt. Volcanic eruptions are fascinating.

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

      It's far enuff out, the only thing that might get hurt will be fish.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Meki60

    boy, talk about CO2 gas, these things can spew more CO2 gas in a week than all the autos on the road for a year. Hey, Gore better get a new supply of broker forms, you are really gonta need them to broker enough credits to offset this.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meki60

      you'll be able to retire after this.

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

      "boy, talk about CO2 gas, these things can spew more CO2 gas in a week than all the autos on the road for a year."

      You'd be wrong. On average the yearly emissions of man is 135 times that of all the volcanoes in the world.

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

      Example which was actually 13 years ago so even more is produced:

      "The published estimates of the global CO2 emission rate for all degassing subaerial (on land) and submarine volcanoes lie in a range from 0.13 gigaton to 0.44 gigaton per year (Gerlach, 1991; Varekamp et al., 1992; Allard, 1992; Sano and Williams, 1996; Marty and Tolstikhin, 1998). The preferred global estimates of the authors of these studies range from about 0.15 to 0.26 gigaton per year. The 35-gigaton projected anthropogenic CO2 emission for 2010 is about 80 to 270 times larger than the respective maximum and minimum annual global volcanic CO2 emission estimates. It is 135 times larger than the highest preferred global volcanic CO2 estimate of 0.26 gigaton per year (Marty and Tolstikhin, 1998)."

      September 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Jeff that is an extreme way to say you love Beef Taco!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. PennyNot

    Wonder if it will affect the crab fishing this season.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alaskan

      Yes it will, the lava flow will heat up the Bering sea and cookem. LMAO

      September 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Emi

    TheTruth72, if that is the game you plan to play, the concept of a Mother Earth is not only more widespread than that of Jesus and Christianity, it is also a good few thousand years older. The concept of Gaea, or Mother Earth, has been told since at least around 3000 BC, whereas Jesus supposedly lived at least 2000 years after that. Gaea has "existed" MUCH longer than Jesus, has SEVERAL versions throughout the world, and though neither is factual, Gaea is at least twice as credible/believable.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mountain made

      Actually there are cave paintings and small icons of the female form dating back to 32,000 BCE. So while you are correct that the mother earth godess is much older then Christianity it is actually much older then you realize. It is the first form of religion created by humans.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      If the 32000 year old cave painting lady was holding a Beef Taco call me a convert.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      If we 'humanity' created religion, then did we create God? Or was God always there waiting for us to worship in one specific slavation way? Could we worship a Beef Taco the same?

      Then who created the Beef Taco?

      September 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Emi

    But it doesn't really matter, frankly. The cause of the earthquakes can be explained by basic geology, and if it erupts, we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. #2012ishappening

    2012 is happening just saying

    September 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dog

    run forest run

    September 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hello

    Fundy Fun

    EPA is filling a complaint against god to prevent the eruption... They are demanding a hold on the eruption till the all
    litigation is completed in the courts. They claim that eruption will cause massive release of gasses that can not be accurately measured or controlled and the impact will have a huge effect on all life on this planet. God will be required to maintain accurate records of all emissions and MUST not allow any release until the courts have completed the at least 30 yrs of research, claims and litigation.. Any refusal of cooperation will force the courts to arrest god with multi- billions in bond will be assessed for any possible of release during this litigation process.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the prophet

    As quoted in my previous posts, a chain of catastrophic events will unfold in the months ahead, including earthquakes in Las Vegas and other parts of the globe, eruption of the yellowstone and other volcanos, plus weather related storms,hurricanes typhoons, forest fires. Head for the mountain above tree line to be safe.

    September 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hein

      Learn from the past mountain tops are not safe (too far to fall). Build an arc fill it with Beef Tacos!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. the prophet

    Lol bob

    September 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
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