Alaska volcano can't stop erupting in the ocean's 'ring of fire', tripling in size
An underwater volcano on a small, remote island in Alaska's Aleutian chain has erupted 36 times in the past four months.
Dubbed by some as "one of the most active volcanos" in the United States, the volcano that sits under Bogoslof island has prompted the Alaska Volcano Observatory to issue red alerts to aircrafts after it began spewing ash plume up to 20,000 feet into the sky.
The island has reportedly tripled in size as a result of the pyroclastic fall from the volcanic eruptions and flow deposits.
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According to the University of California at Santa Barbara's Volcano Information Center, pyroclastic flows stand to be "one of the most dangerous of volcanic phenomenon." The destructive masses are basically "hurricanes of hot gases and volcanic particles."
But humans have nothing to worry about, for now.
The entire land mass is protected by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge System, so there aren't any human inhabitants on this volcano or the other reported 160 active volcanoes in that section of the Pacific Oceans called the "Pacific Ring of Fire."
Photos taken last year show the volcano erupting through an offshore vent under water.
"You can see in these images that a new volcanic cone is being built," Michelle Coombs, a USGS geologist told the New York Times in 2016. "If it continues, it might build a cone that is above seawater."
Which perfectly explains what's happening now as the volcano continues to expands upwards of a hundred acres of land above sea level.
Recently, this year, a barrier formed from the newly formed volcanic rock and ash that acts as a divider between the vent and the sea for the first time.
This will have a great impact of the nature of the volcano's eruptions as eruptions that occur below sea level tend to be shorter than those above.
And this could potentially provide pilots flying in the area with more risks in the event of a large explosion.