ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A volcano erupts in Alaska, the aleutian islands.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory says a coast guard ship’s crew was in the area of Bogoslof volcano Friday morning and was witness of an ash cloud from the volcanic eruption that lasted for about an hour.
Volcanologist Robert McGimsey says the plume was estimated to be less than 30,000 feet.
He says Unalaska Island is about 61 km from the volcano, is the closest populated area, but that the wind is blowing all the ash away from populated areas.
The eruption prompted the observatory to issue its highest alert level for the aviation industry after the volcano eruptions earlier this week also prompted the highest alert level.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says airlines were rerouting flights around the plume.
He says there were no reports of delays.