Volcano erupts in Alaska after major 7.0 earthquake

A major 7.0 earthquake in Alaska and an eruption of a volcano keeps experts busy and emergency services restless.

Volcano erupts in Alaska after major 7.0 earthquake

A major 7.0 earthquake in Alaska and an eruption of a volcano keeps experts busy and emergency services restless. The Alaska Volcano Observatory reported earlier increased activity, including lava fountaining and ash emissions up to 20,000 feet, from the volcano on Friday morning. Waythomas, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the observatory, said scientists have been monitoring increased activity at the site since early June.

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An Alaska volcano that has been intermittently oozing lava and releasing small bursts of ash and steam since June erupted with new ferocity on Friday, sending clouds of ash more than 3 miles (4.8 km) into the sky, scientists said.

The latest eruptions from the 8,225-foot (2,507-metre) Veniaminof Volcano, on the Alaska Peninsula nearly 500 miles (805 km) southwest of Anchorage, marked some of the strongest unrest detected at the site this summer and may intensify, the Alaska Volcano Observatory warned.

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