- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on the eruption of Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says minor amounts of volcanic ash from Pavlof Volcano are being reported on the ground by several Alaska communities.

Geologist Kristi Wallace of the U.S. Geological Survey says the most significant fallout was in Nelson Lagoon.

Residents in the village of 39 about 55 miles northeast of the volcano reported one-eighth to two-thirds of an inch of ash.

The Pavlof eruption began Sunday afternoon and continued for about 17 hours.

Volcanic ash can harm eyes and breathing passages.

Trace amounts of ash were reported in Dillingham, a Bristol Bay fishing community. Wallace says it may have descended with light rainfall.

A pilot on the ground in Port Heiden on the Alaska Peninsula also reported seeing traces of ash.

Wallace says only trace amounts of ash had been reported from Pavlof eruptions since 1996.

Pavlof is one of Alaska’s most active volcanoes. It is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula, the finger of land that sticks out from mainland Alaska toward the Aleutian Islands.

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10 am.

A scientist says an Alaska volcano continues to erupt but is emitting smaller amounts of volcanic ash at lower elevations.

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Dave Schneider of the Alaska Volcano Observatory says intermittent eruptions of Pavlof Volcano occurred Tuesday but new ash stayed under 15,000 feet.

That’s in contrast to a near-continuous eruption at the volcano 625 miles southwest of Anchorage that began Sunday and continued until Monday.

An ash cloud from the earlier eruption reached 37,000 feet. Meteorologist Don Moore of the National Weather Service says the ash cloud traveled north to interior Alaska and has crossed into Canada.

He says the plume thinned as it moved north and east.

Volcanic ash can shut down jet engines.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory lowered its aviation warning level but says more significant ash emissions may resume with little warning.

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