Early last Sunday morning, Alaska's Mount Pavlof sent volcanic ash shooting 20,000 feet into the air during an eruption that came with very little warning. As a result, Alaska Airlines cancelled or delayed 41 to six different destinations around the state, including Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kotzebue, Nome, and Prudhoe Bay, according to The Huffington Post. For the people who were able to get a few thousand feet in the air during the event, the sights were astounding. Mount Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, and has erupted more than a dozen times in the past 35 years.
The photos are a sight to see, but Atlas Obscura points out the regional Code Red that was released for the incident was more intended for travelers passing over the area versus people on the ground. With so much debris in the air, pilots have much more than turbulence and windspeeds to worry about. Thankfully, no one was injured in this eruption. Check out a couple of photos taken from above during the eruption:
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