Russian Eruption Impacts Local Travel

Tuesday, September 04 2012


(Jesse Allen/NASA)

Two flights to Unalaska were cancelled on Sunday after a Russian volcano sent a 40,000-foot ash plume into the sky.

Bezymianny Volcano erupted on Saturday morning. The ash cloud it emitted traveled from the Russian Far East to the Bering Sea. It passed over Shemya and then crossed into the Bering Sea around Adak. It finally dissipated in the Gulf of Alaska.

PenAir representatives confirmed that two of their flights were canceled as a result of the plume. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, pilots reported sightings of the plume and some even smelled sulfur. No ground observations were reported.

Bezymianny, which means “without a name,” is located in an unpopulated region of the Kamchatka Peninsula near the Commander Islands. It is highly active, and has experienced multiple eruptions since the 1950s. As of Tuesday morning, Bezymianny was still discharging lava, but no longer releasing ash. Russian and American scientists continue to monitor the volcano, and the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team has set the aviation color code at yellow.


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