Alaska volcano eruption sparks aviation alert for the second consecutive day

For the second consecutive day, the Alaska Volcano Observatory issued its highest alert level for aviation as a volcano erupted with a towering cloud of ash into the Aleutian Islands.

Observatory volcanologist Robert McGimsey says Wednesday afternoon eruption of Bogoslof volcano “almost a carbon copy” of an outburst 24 hours earlier.

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He tells The Associated Press that both eruptions prompted the highest alert level, and both were downgraded hours after the events.

Tuesday’s eruption sent ash and steam 34,000 feet in the air, while Wednesday burst was 1,000 feet higher. Officials say that both volcanic explosions were also of short duration.

The observatory said early Thursday that it is reducing the warning level, because there were no recent volcano activity.

The volcano is located on an island with the same name in the Bering Sea, about 850 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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