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As you know we're still in the first week of the new year, but there's already a brand new volcano - complete with ash-cloud potential - getting ready to wreak havoc on air travel. Unlike the volcanoes over in Europe or down in South America, this one's a little closer to home, and it's a heck of a lot easier to pronounce.
Mount Cleveland - just rolls off the tongue - is located within the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska, and scientists believe that it's getting ready to celebrate 2012 by starting to shake, rattle, and roll. Just over a week ago there was a little volcano hiccup that sent a whole bunch of ash and other particulate into the skies, but things quickly dissipated and flights weren't really affected. The concern still remains, as the tippy top of the volcano is right in the way of one of the main commercial flight paths between North America and Asia.
The initial eruption - if you can even call it that - only sent stuff up into the air to around 15,000 feet. Since most planes do their thing at 30,000 feet or above it wasn't that big of a deal. So for right now your flights over the Pacific and onto Asia are safe and sound, but it's just a reminder that Mother Nature can change your vacation or travel plans if she's having a bad day.