Eruption likely under way at Alaska volcano

Jun 13, 2013 -- 11:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Scientists have raised the alert level for a volcano in the Alaska Peninsula. The Alaska Earthquake Observatory says in a release that elevated surface temperatures recorded Thursday morning at Veniaminof Volcano indicate an eruption is likely under way at the intracaldera cone. No ash plumes were observed Thursday, but clouds have obscured views from a web cam aimed at the summit. However, scientists say seismic tremors continue, which is an indication of low-level effusive activity and small explosions. The volcano has had elevated levels of seismic activity since Saturday, along with steam emissions. The volcano is located in the Aleutian Islands, about 480 miles southwest of Anchorage. Veniaminof has erupted at least 12 times in the past 200 years. 

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