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

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.


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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Just a note...volcanic eruptions tend to be far more powerful than a nuclear weapon. Mother Nature puts Mankind in its place! Good Luck, Alaska!

Alaska is an amazing place! Stay safe up there.

It's amazing that the liberals want to make political statements in reference to a possible natural disaster.

Wow! I just heard about it here in Palmer, TODAY. Not exactly a big concern here but it seems its gotten all those down in Californica all excited! Often noticed, those who hate Sarah.. know little to nothing about her.. except what they see in the tabloids! But when that's your source of news, hey, you also get all kinds of bogus news about YOUR OWN YARD!

I am a born and raised Alaskan. I remember both the 1989 Mt. Redoubt eruption and the 1992 Mt. Spur eruption. Running around in a mad panic is both irresponsible and stupid. As long as you aren't an idiot and prepare yourself calmly, then it is not a big deal. Get batteries in your flashlights, battery operated radio, fill jugs with water, face masks, enough food to last you for at least a week, and stay indoors for as long as possible. Usually only a few days. Then just use caution. Oh, and change your air filter in your vehicles. I have a two and a half year old daughter and I don't feel any need to panic. We are perfectly fine, have plenty of emergency supplies, and with how cold it is outside anyway won't be too upset to stay indoors for awhile. There is a plus side to the volcano erupting. This summer everything is going to be VERY green and alive. Volcanic ash is a great natural fertilizer and will make this coming summer more beautiful for it. So for everyone outside of Alaska with concerns for us, family and friends here... don't worry, as long as the people you are worried about have a good head on their shoulders they will be fine. And for everyone in Alaska that hasn't experienced one yet... try to calm down and just make sure you are ready. It isn't as bad as you think. The only real crappy part is that no flights in or out for awhile. My father is a pilot, and he is out on a trip at the time, so he might not be able to fly back home for awhile. He didn't even know Mt. Redoubt was acting up until he called me today. He hopes he can get back before it erupts.

I live in Fairbanks Alaska, And they all said we might need to wear face masks if the valcanoe errupts. Its just a caution though.

I hope everyone is safe here!

BTW, Sara Palin is really nice, have YOU ever met her?
Didnt think so! I actually have met her.

i think that sarah palin is a wonderful person. i think it is a bit radical to overact emotionally towards people - especially if they haven't even done anything bad like committed a serious crime. and especially for one who cares enough to run for a position. granted i can't say that politics are honest. . . but i can say that i believe in sarah palin - much more than obama. politics are in your own backyard if you think about it. so take the log out of your own eye first . . .

as for the volcano, i think that the wisest most safest thing to do would be to prepare for it. you never know if it would get bad or not. especially for people who have lung problems, and most of all - it is better to be safe than sorry. i would rather people call me stupid and have my asthmatic lungs safe than to jump off the cliff just because everybody else did it and think it is cool.

My goodness, I had no idea the people from the lower 48 were so uninformed about Alaska. I've apparently been here too long to over-react. Ash can fly over 100 miles (Anchorage is just over 100 miles). We'll stock up on N95 masks, water, and other essentials. Everything will be fine!

BTW, anyone who dislikes Sarah Palin and continues to go on and on about her must certainly require some sort of therapy. There is no logical reason to have negative feelings about someone who is no longer even in the public eye. Shut up and find someone else to pick on. You just make yourself look like a complete IDIOT when you spew nonsense like that.

High fuel and food prices? I guess here in anchorage we're lucky... Fuel and food are very reasonable.

I was in Kenai the last time ( I think that it was actually Mt. Helena ) (no, not St. Helens) and we just had to wear a bandana or surgical mask over our faces so we didn't breathe the stuff in. Unless the entire mountain should blow, which is not likely, and cause tidal wave action in the bay, all people have to do is stay inside for a while and they will suffer no harm. Say Gwhizz, I would be interested to know if Redoubt has that identifyable v shape in it's middle when the erruption is over. Please post afterward and tell me if it is still there? By the way, is Illiamna spitting too? I miss my home in Kenai, such a beautiful and peaceful place!

I just hope that it won't be big enough to lower temperatures here in our beautiful state of Alaska. Winter is difficult enough already with all the high food and fuel prices! But it sure is Alaska as it wants to be...

I'll take Sarah (Connors) Palin over Arnold (Terminator) S. every which way to Sunday.

Sadie,you must be a democrat to be sick enough in the head to wish death on Sarah Palin. I don't like Obama, but I don't wish him dead!!!!!!!!!!

i am in alaska and i am running in mad panic so speak for ur self my life and many others could repeat could die from this and if u arnt running around u must have some internal problems and should go to sycyotric help im senceing suicide and yea so better keep some masks and glasses cuz u never know when it will blow

My gorgeous niece and her beautiful new baby are there all alone. Her husband is in the service and was sent to Texas for some extensive training. I feel bad for her. She is from the south and has never experienced this sort of scare. Hopefully she can get the hek out of there with her child and dog before it gets nasty and she can't even enjoy the air. I love you Kristina Marlene Watzka! I'll take the snow here in Rhode Island any day of the week. Auntie Doll

Pray and hope the ash blows the other way... Hoping everyone stays safe and GOD Bless...

My beautiful niece and her gorgeous new baby are all alone over there while her husband whom is in the service and got shipped to Texas for four weeks. She is from the south and hasn't experienced something like this before. I'm sure she is scared to be by her self with this going on. I hope she can call on the service and get the hell out of there with her baby and dog. I love you Kristina Marlene Watska.
Auntie Doll

I am sure Gov. Palin is taking all appropriate action to keep everyone as safe as possible. I wish she were my governor, although the one I have isn't too bad. The people of Alaska are very lucky to have her.....Unfortunately, any news stories about Alaska and/or Gov. Palin seem to attract all the idiots of the world and there are lots of them.

I live in Kenai, Redoubt only causes ash fall when it blows, no reason to panic anyone..

Be mindful, if this ends up in a significant natural disaster, just observe in an honest fashion without the immature malice thus far demonstrated; Sarah Palin will have planned appropriately and completely on behalf of all those persons under her care and responsibility as their govenor.

"I hope Sarah Palin dies in the volcano. She's a worthless hockey mom.

Posted by: Sadie | January 29, 2009 at 01:39 PM "
Well this post tells everyone what type of person you really are. Wishing someone would die because of what reason again ?

wow thats soooooo cool and werid

Gwizz and Alaskan, stay safe and keep your heads down.


Although Anchorage is the population center of Alaska, there many people who live in the Kenai Peninsula in very close proximity to this volcano. Me, for one, only 45 miles away. I was here last time, it was spectacular and very uncomfortable and messy. I hope she keeps her lid on this time, but the webicorders at the Alaska Volcano Observatoy and the continuing earthquakes are telling the impending story. Water jugs filled, batteries in flashlites, food stored, duck tape and visqueen at the ready....Definate concern, not panic. There is no where to go anyway.



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