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Alaska Volcano: Powerful Eruption Hits Near Anchorage

First Posted: Jun 26, 2013 05:01 PM EDT

Just this Tuesday, an Alaska volcano suffered an intense eruption after residents nearby had seen the opening spewing ash and lava for the past six weeks.

Pavlof Volcano, located on an Alaska peninsula 590 miles southwest of Anchorage, went through powerful eruptive phase before producing massive blasts from the crater of the 8,261-foot volcano.

"For some reason we can't explain, it picked up in intensity and vigor," said Tina Neal, an observatory geologist, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

According to the National Weather Service, an ash advisory for the region was issued, warning that area residents could suffer breathing or respiratory ailments with potential damage to exposed electronic equipment.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said a second Alaska Peninsula volcano continued with a low-intensity eruption. The organization writes that ash from the Veniaminof Volcano, 485 miles southwest of Anchorage, has been limited to the area around its 8,225-foot summit.

On top of that, the observatory noted that a third volcano southwest of Anchorage began an on-and-off eruptive phase in mid-2011 that has not produced an explosive eruption since May 6. However, it is closely being monitored by weather experts at this time.

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