Alert level lowered for Aleutians volcano

Associated PressMarch 23, 2012 

The alert level for a remote volcano has been lowered because of a lack of activity in the past 10 days.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reduced the alert status Friday for the Cleveland Volcano. The center says in a release there have been no explosions detected since March 13, and there's no evidence the lava dome has grown since then.

The center says there are no significant deposits of ash on the volcano, suggesting earlier eruptions might have been relatively ash-poor.

Cleveland is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Authorities say sudden eruptions still could occur at any time, and ash clouds 20,000 feet above sea level are possible.

-- Associated Press

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