Monday, March 23, 2009

Mount Redoubt: 5 explosions and counting

Heather Bleick / AVO / USGS

Redoubt volcano spews steam and ash from a crater on its north flank March 15, 2009. Ash fall was limited to the south crater floor, rim, and extending south-southeast.

Fifth explosion rocks Mount Redoubt volcano

An erupting Mount Redoubt exploded again this morning at 4:31 a.m. -- its fifth and strongest discharge yet -- sending an ash cloud to new heights, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.

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. READ THE FULL STORY AT ADN.COM.

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