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Alaskan volcano eruption disrupts flights

A volcanic eruption on Wednesday has disrupted flights two days in a row, prompting a “red” alert for the first time in the last five years.

Alaska’s Pavlof volcano has been erupting off and on for years but this is the first time authorities have issued a red alert, which has since been downgraded. The regional airline PenAir had to start canceling flights on Tuesday because of high winds and ash.

More flights were grounded on Wednesday as the eruption sent lava up to almost 500 meters (1640 feet). The plume of ash went as high as 7,315 meters (almost 24,000 feet) and has since drifted 80 kilometers east (about 50 miles).

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