Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano, which has been erupting periodically since December 2016, erupted again on Friday, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) confirmed.
In a newly released statement, AVO said that Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted again at 1:17 p.m., sending up another ash cloud in high in the air.
The volcano in question is situated on the Bogoslof Island, which is also called Agasagook Island. It is the summit of a submarine strato-volcano situated along the southern edge of the Bering Sea, nearly 35 miles northwest of the Unalaska Island of the Aleutian Island chain.
Satellite images taken by American space agency NASA’s Terra satellite showed an ice-rich cloud and lava at the surface near the vent of the active volcano.
The AVO reported, “This cloud was darker in color, and presumably more ash-rich, than others we have seen in the eruptive sequence, which began in mid-December 2016. This image also suggests the presence of very hot material (lava) at the surface immediately surrounding the vent.”
During the most recent eruption, pilots reported an ash cloud reaching as high as 36,000 feet. Ash clouds that reach higher than 20,000 feet become a threat to aircraft as ash can damage engines. Aviation authorities decided to keep warning color code at red, marking the highest threat warning.