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article imageMount Redoubt Erupts in Alaska

By Rhonda Straw     Mar 23, 2009 in Travel
Nineteen flights on Alaska Airlines have been forced to cancel, due to volcanic ash erupting from Mount Redoubt near Anchorage. The volcano began erupting on March 19, 2009. A few flights were able to fly to Seattle this morning.
Alaska Airlines flights scheduled for mostly community and the northern area of the state, have been forced to cancel due to volcanic ash. The volcano, Mount Redoubt, began erupting on March 19th, 2009. It sent ash floating towards Anchorage. The volcano is 170 kilometres from Anchorage, and rises 3,108 metres above the Kenai Peninsula. The Peninsula is occupied by approximately 50,000 people. It is a very densely populated area.
The alert level for Mount Redoubt changed on March 15th, yellow to red, after low level tremors began in January. Increased earth quake activity in the area on Sunday, prompted scientists to change the alert level. 40 to 50 earth quakes were reported in the area.The National Weather Service issued an ash-fall advisory. There have been preparations for mud slides, and floods from the hot lava hitting the ice and snow.
Alaska authorities suggest that passengers call 1-800-ALASKAAIR, or check on the website,, for flight status. More eruptions are predicted for this week.
A Few Facts About Mount Redoubt:
1. Mount Redoubt is 10,197 feet high, or seven and a half times taller than the Empire State Building.
2. It last erupted in December of 1989.
3. It has erupted five times; at 10:38 p.m. and 11:02 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Sunday, and 12:14 a.m., 1:39 a.m. and 4:31 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Monday, according to the AVO (Alaska Volcano Observatory).
This current eruption sent 9 miles of plume and ash towards Anchorage, causing a fine grey dust to appear North of the city. Ash is like a rock fragment with jagged edges. Ash can injure skin, eyes and breathing passages, making the elderly and the very young susceptible to ash inhaling injuries. It can also cause damage to cars and planes, and restrict vision, due to blowing particles.
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