The Pavlof volcano in Alaska erupted abruptly on Sunday, right before 4:00 p.m. local time. This was unexpected at the time and the volcano was on the lowest alert status since January 15th last year. This marks the first eruption since November 2014, and there are plenty of pictures to show it in all its glory.

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According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, the eruption occurred at around 3:53 p.m. some 30 minutes after the earthquakes began in the region.

According to Wired, the tremor at Pavlof remains high, suggesting that the eruption is ongoing. The ash plume reached anywhere between 20,000 feet to 30,000 feet, according to reports from pilots. The FAA already issued “red” aviation alerts on Monday, CBC reports, with Alaska Airlines having cancelled 41 flights on Monday afternoon.

Even though it’s potentially hazardous for those living nearby, the Pavlof eruption is still a beautiful phenomenon, as captured in these images.

Photo taken from a flight travelling to Anchorage from Dutch Harbor / Colt Snapp

Image Source: Colt SnappPhoto taken from a flight travelling to Anchorage from Dutch Harbor / Colt Snapp


Pavlof volcano in eruption, 3 am, March 28, 2016. Photo courtesy Royce Snapp, taken from Cold Bay, with a 500 mm lens. Cold Bay is 36 miles southwest of Pavlof.

Image Source: AVOPhoto courtesy of Royce Snapp, taken from Cold Bay, with a 500 mm lens.


Photo taken by @kenhrub shows 20,000 feet ash column.

Image Source: @kenhrubPhoto taken by @kenhrub shows 20,000 feet ash column.


Photo from the Alaska Volcano Observatory / Royce Snapp

Image Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory / Royce SnappPhoto from the Alaska Volcano Observatory / Royce Snapp


Lava flow and ash plume. Dan Lindsey / NOAA

Image Source: Dan Lindsey / NOAALava flow and ash plume. Dan Lindsey / NOAA

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