Nightly News   |  May 17, 2013

Alaska volcano erupts with lava, ash

The remote Pavlof Volcano is erupting, releasing ash, steam and gas visible from Cold Bay, Alaska. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> keep an eye on the aleutian islands chain. this is a story we may hear more about over the weekend. not one but two volcanos are active. in fact, they are at the highest alert level tonight for what officials call, quote, sudden explosions with little or no warning. lava has already spewed. it can be seen glowing at night from the top of one of them. and an ash cloud has already formed although it's well off the alaskan mainland, closer tot to russia than seattle. if it continues above its present 20,000-foot altitude, flights will be diverted around it, as it will become a hazard to aviation. a