Russian volcano diverts flights to Anchorage

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A volcanic eruption in Russia's Kuril Islands is diverting jets to Anchorage.

Sarychev Volcano has been erupting since late last week.

A spokesman for Anchorage's main airport said it has received about a dozen diverted Asia-bound passenger and cargo flights since Sunday night, including a passenger plane that had to overnight.

Airport staff on Wednesday called it a "turnabout of volcanic impacts," referring to the Anchorage airport's loss of flights during eruptions of Mount Redoubt.

An ash cloud from Sarychev on Wednesday was moving northwest toward mainland Russia.

Flights also have been routed to San Francisco.

International flights to some Asian cities have been canceled.

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