On 27 March 27, 2016, Pavlof Volcano, a stratovolcano of the Aleutian Range on the Alaska Peninsula, began its latest eruption, sending a plume of volcanic ash into the air. Mount Pavlof is 1000 km southwest of Anchorage.
ASH and SO2 notifications was sent by SACS to the Anchorage and Montreal VAACs.
At this time, Alaska Airlines had to cancel 43 flights.
Pavlof's unexpected eruption in Alaska spews ash 10 km high.
(Photograph: Colt Snapp/AP)
Links to monitor the activity of the Alaska volcanoes:
- VAAC Anchorage
- VAAC Montreal
The Support to Aviation Control Service (SACS) hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy aims at supporting the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers, like Toulouse VAAC and London VAAC.
This is achieved by delivering NEAR REAL-TIME data derived from satellite measurements regarding volcanic emissions by UV-vis (OMI, GOME-2A, GOME-2B, OMPS) and InfraRed (AIRS, IASI-A, IASI-B) instruments.
In case of volcanic eruptions, notifications from our multi-sensors system are sent out by email to interested parties.
DISCLAIMER: SACS is a free service that provides ash/SO2 notifications
in case of exceptional concentrations detected by satellite instruments.
The usage of the SACS notifications, whether or not these happen to be
"true" or "false" notifications, is entirely in the hands of the Users.
The SACS developers disclaim liability for any kind of use or misuse
of the SACS information, regardless of the application.