Volcanic ash - danger to aircraft in the north Pacific

Fact Sheet 030-97
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The world's busy air traffic corridors pass over hundreds of volcanoes capable of sudden, explosive eruptions. In the United States alone, aircraft carry many thousands of passengers and millions of dollars of cargo over volcanoes each day. Volcanic ash can be a serious hazard to aviation even thousands of miles from an eruption. Airborne ash can diminish visibility, damage flight control systems, and cause jet engines to fail. USGS and other scientists with the Alaska Volcano Observatory are playing a leading role in the international effort to reduce the risk posed to aircraft by volcanic eruptions.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Volcanic ash - danger to aircraft in the north Pacific
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 030-97
DOI 10.3133/fs03097
Edition Revised 1998
Year Published 1997
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Contributing office(s) Volcano Hazards Program
Description 1 sheet [2] p. : col. ill., col. map ; 28 cm.
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