Mount Redoubt in Alaska has erupted

March 23rd, 2009 - 3:04 pm ICT by David M N James  

Mount Redoubt errupts After week-long fears that Mount Redoubt in Alaska would erupt, the volcanic mountain has finally erupted. The Mountain, which has caused alarm over the Alaskan areas, has been under observation from the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Latest reports indicate that Mount Redoubt in Alaska has erupted even after the observatory lowered its alert code level to a mere ‘yellow’.

NWS has issued an ash fall advisory for Talkeetna, Willow and Cantwell, effective until 4am Monday following the eruption of Mt Redoubt. Alaska Airlines has turned back four flights bound for Anchorage to their cities of origin, after the eruption of Mount Redoubt.

Mount Redoubt is a 10197-foot volcano; the current estimate for eruption cloud height is 50,000 ft above sea level. It sits about 50 miles west of Kenai in Alaska. Actually, the Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the color code after increased earthquake activity. This prompted scientists to raise the alert level for Alaska’s Mount Redoubt volcano. According to the observatory, there has been shallow earthquake activity under the volcano.

Latest reports indicate that the volcano has erupted after increased seismic activity. Unrest at the volcano increased rapidly. Seismic activity and other volcanic signs escalated and culminated into a serious volcanic eruption. Experts in the US Geological Survey had already color-coded alert levels ‘orange’ meaning that the volcano would erupt anytime. The Air Force says the ash cloud from Mount Redoubt’s eruption is expected in Anchorage by 2am local time. Alaska Airlines has turned back four flights bound for Anchorage to their cities of origin, after the eruption of Mount Redoubt.

The Volcano last erupted in December 1989 and lasted for months.

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