Scientists Monitor Activity at Veniaminof Volcano

Increased activity has been reported at one of Alaska's largest volcanoes.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- Increased activity has been reported at one of Alaska's largest volcanoes.
But a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey says the activity at the Veniaminof Volcano, on the Alaska Peninsula, is not related to the magnitude 7.0 earthquake has rocked the Aleutian Islands Friday morning.
Chris Waythomas says the increased seismicity at the volcano had started before the earthquake and the two are too far apart.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory reported increased activity, including lava fountaining and ash emissions up to 20,000 feet, from the volcano on Friday morning. Scientists have been monitoring increased activity at the site since early June.
Waythomas says that while the volcano has had some significant past eruptions, there is nothing at this point to suggest anything major is in the works.