Pavlof still rumbling, but no more ash clouds

U.S. Geological Survey geologist Chris Waythomas says there’s still elevated seismicity, and the little explosions probably indicate lava fountaining at the summit.

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Pilots saw Pavlof Volcano spitting a small amount of ash on May 22, 2013. (Courtesy of Ryan Hazen and Brandon Wilson)
A similar dying down of Pavlof on May 22, 2013. (Courtesy of Ryan Hazen and Brandon Wilson)

Pavlof began erupting Sunday, sending up a massive ash cloud and disrupting some flights. Alaska Airlines resumed normal operations today.

Waythomas says clouds now surround the top of the 8,000-foot volcano. He says eruptions could stop abruptly or go on for months. Pavlof erupted intermittently for more than two years from April 1986 to August 1988.