Arctic volcano vent blasts into a city
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.