Last Tuesday the island of Anatahan erupted in volcanic fury once again. The island, located 60 miles north of Saipan, first erupted in May of 2003. The volcano had been quiescent since an eruption in April 2004.
The current eruption is of a smaller scale than that first eruption, with ash and rocks being spewed to about 5,000 feet. The island is off limits to the public and the ash is currently not a threat to populated areas. Commercial aviation is being asked to avoid flying over the island and ash plume.