Description: From Compton and others (1980), describing activity at Akutan beginning in late September, 1978 and ending in October, 1978: "Akutan began to erupt in late September, 1978. Airline pilots reported incandescent fragments, some 'as big as a car' rising about 100 m above the crater. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau passed N of Akutan during the evening of 6 October. Crew members observed incandescent tephra ejection from the summit and glow reflecting upward onto an eruption column. A deep red glow about 1 km long which appeared to be a lava flow, moved down the slopes of the volcano."