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Pavlof Eruption Strands Some Peninsula Travelers

West Flank of Pavlof Volcano/Credit: AVO - Chris Waythomas

West Flank of Pavlof Volcano/Credit: AVO – Chris Waythomas

Peninsula communities still aren’t reporting any ashfall from Pavlof Volcano’s newest eruption, which started on Tuesday.

PenAir isn’t taking any chances, though. To avoid all contact with volcanic ash, the airline cancelled its flights to Cold Bay on Wednesday and Thursday. PenAir representative Missy Anderson says about 60 people are currently waiting to fly into Cold Bay from Anchorage.

Another 100 PenAir passengers bound for Unalaska are stuck in Anchorage, too — not because of volcanic eruptions, but because of persistent fog. Anderson says PenAir is planning up to nine flights to Unalaska on Friday to burn through that backlog, weather permitting.

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