We were working at the base of Pavlof Volcano on June 2nd when it erupted. We arrived in Cold Bay on May 31st. Pavlof blew on June 2nd under beautiful blue skies. Over the next two weeks we never saw the mountain again because of clouds. Viewing an eruption like this was probably the opportunity of a lifetime. We were literally right there watching lava shoot out the top, then watching a flash flood rage down the mountain as hot lava melted spring snow. Pavlof is more than 8200′ tall and considered to be one of the most consistently active volcanos in the Aleutian Arc.
I should have gotten these photos posted sooner, but summertime is just too busy to stop and play on the blog. I would be out flying right now, but the wind is blowing in the Chugach Mountains. I just sat down at my computer and saw these pictures and decided it was time to do something with them.
Pavlov Volcano Eruption June 2nd, 2014