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Laura Kraegel

Reporter

Originally from Chicago, Laura moved to Alaska to work at KNOM Radio, reporting on Nome and the Bering Strait Region. Now, she’s excited to cover Unalaska and the Aleutians while still living on the Bering Sea.

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T. Keith, U.S. Geological Survey

Bogoslof Volcano blew again Monday morning, marking its thirty-seventh explosion since the volcano roared back to life three months ago.

The short blast began around 3:30 a.m. and lasted just 12 minutes.

While the eruption produced an ash cloud, the Alaska Volcano Observatory has not predicted ash fall for Unalaska.

Scientists say this explosion appears to be over, and the AVO has left Bogoslof’s alert level at an intermediate “watch.” 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska waters welcomed an unusually large visitor over the weekend.

The M/V Ecofaith G.O. was towed to Broad Bay on Saturday after the bulk carrier lost propulsion last month on its way to a Canadian port.

“The vessel is about 44,000 gross tons and 751 feet long," said Lisa Krebs-Barsis, a supervisor with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's response program. "It was in ballast on its way to Prince Rupert, and it had no cargo onboard.”

Newscast: 03/13/17

Mar 13, 2017

The Raiders are going to the state basketball tournament; a stalled bulk carrier has been towed to Unalaska for repairs; and Bogoslof Volcano has erupted for the 37th time since roaring back to life three months ago.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sick fisherman Friday from a vessel in the Bering Sea.

The F/V Kodiak Enterprise was fishing 40 miles north of Cold Bay when the crew requested a medevac for the 55-year-old man.

He was suffering from an “abdominal medical condition,” according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

Air Station Kodiak sent an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to rescue the fisherman and take him to Cold Bay, where he was transported to Anchorage for further care.

Janet Schaefer/ADGGS/AVO

The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has lowered the alert levels for two Aleutian volcanoes.

Bogoslof is back at the intermediate "watch" level, following a powerful eruption Tuesday night.

The volcano hasn’t produced ash since that three-hour blast and its seismicity has died off, but scientists say Bogoslof could blow again with little warning.

Meanwhile, Cleveland Volcano -- 45 miles west of Nikolski -- has been quiet since a small eruption last month.

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