Airplane crew captures video of lava erupting from Alaska Peninsula volcano

An ongoing volcanic eruption on the Alaska Peninsula was captured in a spectacular video taken Tuesday by the crew of an Alaska Central Express flight and viewed thousands of times on social media.

The 24-second video shot on one of the company's cargo and delivery flights from Anchorage out the Aleutian Chain shows lava and ash pouring from Mount Veniaminof, which began its current eruption Sept. 4, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The AVO posted the video Wednesday on Twitter.

The isolated 8,225-foot volcano about 480 miles southwest of Anchorage is considered one of the state's most active, with eruptions reported between 1993 and 1995, again in 2005 and for several months in 2013.

The observatory has been posting daily updates about the eruption on its website. On Friday, the AVO said a "low-level eruption" is ongoing but there are "no significant ash emissions."

The AVO reported the lava flow is about a half mile long, stretching from the summit cone to the south.

Matt Tunseth

Matt Tunseth is a former reporter for the Anchorage Daily News and former editor of the Alaska Star.