Alaska’s Mt. Redoubt Volcano, which had been in a tempestuous mood for two months, erupted Sunday night at 10:38 p.m., sending an ash cloud 50,000 feet above sea level.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory recorded four more large explosions during the night. Tina Neal, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey said that "so far the major population centers in Alaska have been spared."
The enormous plume was drifting to the north and only the small town of Skwentna, 100 miles north of Redoubt, had reported experiencing ash fall.
2009-03-22 23:26:32 - VAN/VONA
The eruption of Mt. Redoubt continues. The height of the eruption cloud is estimated to be 50,000 ft above sea level. Further reports will be issued as more information becomes available.
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Station RSO is no longer transmitting data as of 4:15am this morning. Data from other stations is intact. An ashfall advisory is in affect:
Location of Redoubt volcano and other Cook Inlet volcanoes with respect to nearby cities and towns. (Click to view full-size image.) volcanoes.usgs.gov/avo/dbimages/display/thumb/1235776385_ak231.gif
Seismic station locations at Redoubt volcano. (Click to view full-size image.)
Some big explosions today (click pics to enlarge)
March 26, 2009 17:30:00
March 26, 2009 09:51:00
My brother, who was discharged from his cancer treatment center today, could not fly home tonight as scheduled. I had to put him in a hotel.
Dear Lord, I earnestly pray that, for the sake of your servant, my brother Tom, that you hold the further eruption of this volcano until my brother can return home.
Als, Lord, please protect those who may be imperiled by this eruption.
Bobby Jindal said that volcano monitoring was wasteful pork-barrel spending.
I love volcanos! I don’t know why. Only the ones that don’t hurt anybody, of course, and many don’t. Also, IMHO, Jindal is right.
What an absolute schmuck!!
Why not pull the plug on all the money we ‘waste’ on river monitoring and flood control?
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Because that affects Jindal’s constituents. Its only wasteful pork when it doesn’t help your own voters.
Yeah, well. One one hope that a man who supposedly has presidential ambitions might take a larger view. I usually don’t have a problem with the feds funding research, esp. stuff like USGS.
Oddly, the danger from most volcanoes in the US is – flooding, or to be precise lahar flows. Not as flashy as lava, perhaps, but just as deadly.