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After 5 Eruptions This Weekend, Bogoslof Volcano Settles For Now

Janet Schaefer/ADGGS/AVO

Bogoslof Volcano stayed busy over the long weekend, erupting at least five times since Friday.

Janet Schaefer was lucky enough to see an explosion Sunday while she took a helicopter to the northwestern edge of Unalaska Island.

Schaefer works for the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), and she was there collecting ash samples from an eruption that dusted the island late last month.

“It was around 5:05 p.m. that we got a text message from the office saying the volcano was erupting. We looked up from our digging, and there it was -- a white plume with a grey bottom!" said Schaefer." We hauled in our gear, the helicopter pilot gained some elevation, and we were able to take photographs of the eruption plume.”

That plume extended about 100 miles southeast over the island and the Pacific Ocean. The AVO reported no ash fall in Unalaska.  

Since then, Bogoslof has been quiet, but scientists say volcanic activity could have escaped detection during Monday's heavy storm.

They believe Bogoslof is still in a state of unrest and could explode again with little warning. 

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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