The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued its highest level of warning for aviation after what it says was a short eruption of a volcano in the Aleutian Islands on Tuesday.
The observatory says the pilots reported the Bogoslof volcano on Bogoslof Island, which is part of the Aleutian Islands, erupted 4 pm Alaska time.
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The pilots said the observatory, that a volcanic ash cloud rose to more than 34,000 feet.
The observatory says in a press release that the satellite data show a short-lived explosion just before 4 p.m. which is further south, about 15 minutes later. The observatory says a following pilot report at 4:50 p.m. said the volcanic activity had decreased.