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Bogoslof Erupts Again

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T. Keith, U.S. Geological Survey
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A volcano in the eastern Aleutian Islands has erupted for thesecond time in two days prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) to issue its highest alert level for aviation. Both eruptions threw ash about 35,000 ft into the air.

 

Bogoslof volcano is on an uninhabited island. It’s 60 miles from America’s largest fishing port, Unalaska.

 

 

Michelle Coombs -- a scientist with the AVO -- says the area is very dynamic with Bogoslof erupting eight times since the 18th century.

 

"People have seen that the shape of the island has changed," Coombs said. "New little side islands have grown up and then are sometimes destroyed either by explosions or wave action and erosion."

 

There is no monitoring equipment on Bogoslof so experts cannot predict how long the eruption might last. If it continues, it could force airlines to divert flights.

 

The last time Bogoslof erupted was in 1992.

Zoë Sobel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2019. She returned to KUCB after a year living in Nepal and Malaysia as a Luce Scholar. She then returned to KUCB as a ProPublica reporter August of 2020 through August of 2021.
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