View Full Version : Fifth explosion rocks Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano

03-23-2009, 10:54 AM
"Sara doesn't like these things !"

Location: West of Cook Inlet, 103 miles southwest of Anchorage
Type: Stratovolcano, Height: 10,197 feet, Last erupted: 1989-90

Ash has now been detected at an elevation of 60,000 feet above sea level, the National Weather Service reported. Winds are still carrying the ash plume north toward the Susitna Valley, and minor ash fall has already been reported in Skwentna, the weather service said.

Ash is not expected in Anchorage or Wasilla at this time, the weather service said.

Redoubt began erupting last night, with the first explosion coming at 10:38 p.m. Sunday followed by another at 11:02 p.m., and a third at 12:14 a.m, the AVO reported.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport remains open, although some airlines have canceled or diverted flights. Alaska Airlines reported canceling 19 flights in and out of the Anchorage international airport because of the ash.

Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage told only essential personnel to report to work. The Air Force says 60 planes, including fighter jets, cargo aircraft and a 747 commercial plane, are being sheltered.School is in session for Anchorage and Mat-Su schools. The 10,200-foot Redoubt Volcano, roughly 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, last erupted during a four-month period from 1989-90.

Observatory staffers notified Federal Aviation Administration officials immediately following the eruption.

03-23-2009, 10:55 AM
I'll be there in two months; it will probably all be over by then. :(

03-23-2009, 08:15 PM
LOL megi, who said I don't???:D