Natural hazards have always posed a problem. Whether it be an earthquake, volcano or tornado, quick communication has always been able to get the message out and rescue unaware people. With that being stated, the Bogoslof volcano in Alaska may be close to a massive eruption. It has erupted frequently, and it may pose a risk to eagles and aviators alike. Bogoslof, located in the Aleutian Islands, is 850 miles towards the southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. Townspeople will not be affected by ongoing eruptions. On Monday, the volcano erupted, spewing a massive ash cloud protruding into the air, erupting for roughly 3 hours. Ash clouds were seen by pilots in the area and were reported at an estimated 32,000 feet.
Agile work by the National Weather Service is proving to be critical, as many flights are being forced to re-direct their course. Flying directly into a cloud of ash can nearly destroy the aircraft’s engines. It is suggested to fly over or around the ash.
Daily models suggest that ash from Bogoslof will drift southwest and start to spread horizontally outward. Higher ash clouds will be towards the south while lower clouds emerge to the north.
Recently, there has been frequent seismic activity and this volcano could erupt again, causing more headaches for pilots.The National Weather Service, along with others are able to monitor the volcano nonstop.
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©2017 Meteorologist David Tedesco