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Mount Redoubt volcano in Alaska expected to erupt 'within days'

January 29, 2009 | 11:36 am

Mount Redoubt sends an orange cloud of smoke and volcanic dust skyward in December 1990

Alaskans are not running in mad panic for cover, but many are concerned about the imminent eruption of Mount Redoubt southwest of Anchorage.

Fox News is reporting: "Mount Redoubt continues to rumble and simmer, prompting geologists to say this Alaska volcano could erupt "within days."

The Anchorage Daily News cautions: "Mount Redoubt is still rumbling and simmering, prompting geologists to repeat their warning that an eruption may be imminent."

It would not be a pleasant period in Anchorage if Redoubt were to blow its top, if its previous eruption is any indication.

For five months beginning in December 1989, smoke and ash from the 10,197-foot peak disrupted international air traffic and deposited volcanic dust throughout the Anchorage region.

That eruption also delivered mud flows from Redoubt into the Drift River drainage.

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, volcanic ash features small, jagged pieces of rock and glass.

The American Red Cross of Alaska has advised families throughout Alaska to develop disaster plans and put together disaster supply kits.

To be sure, they'll be advised  to limit strenuous outdoors activity. Stay tuned.

-- Pete Thomas

Top photo: Mount Redoubt sends an orange cloud of smoke and volcanic dust skyward in December 1990. Credit: J. Warren/Alaska Volcano Observatory

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