A volcano on Alaska's Aleutian Islands erupted Sunday afternoon and sent ash 20,000 feet into the air, according to the US Geological Survey. The agency says the Pavlof Volcano, which is about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted abruptly at 4:18pm local time. The agency says the eruption also led to tremors on the ground. The USGS has raised the volcano alert level to "Warning" and the aviation warning to "Red," the AP reports.
The volcano, which is about 4.4 miles in diameter, has had 40 known eruptions and "is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc," the agency says. (A recent study found that while supervolcano eruptions are devastating, it might be possible to outrun them.)