A volcanic eruption forced an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to make an unscheduled stop on Guam yesterday afternoon in order to avoid ash in its flight path.
The volcano is on Kuchinoerabu island which has a population of about 100 people. No injuries are reported from the eruption.
However, the Japanese meteorological agency reports that volcanic fumes reached a height of about 23,000 feet.
The small volcanic island is located northeast of Okinawa and just south of Kyushu.
The Air New Zealand flight landed in Narita shortly after 6 p.m Monday without incident.