Arctic volcano vent blasts into a city

July 1, 2021 0 Comments

ANTARCTICA CITY, Alaska — The eruption of a dormant volcano vent in Alaska has blasted a city into a new level of chaos.

An eruption of Mount Agung on Friday night produced a blast that blew off roofs and damaged nearby businesses and buildings.

The blast occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the town of Mount Baker, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Anchorage, Alaska.

Residents were evacuated and some of the buildings and buildings on the hillside were destroyed.

A video posted on Twitter by local news station KATU shows a plume of gray smoke rising from Mount Aguk’s summit.

Police in the nearby town of Nome say it is possible the blast was a controlled explosion.

No injuries were reported.

Mount Agung was dormant for about four decades before erupting in 1987.

It is now about 500 feet (152 meters) tall.