Redoubt is erupting near Anchorage. The
volcano exploded several times late last night and this morning, sending ash
columns as high as 60-thousand-feet in the air. Winds are pushing the ash west
of the most populated areas of the state. But a thin layer of heavy residue has
fallen on the isolated village
of Skwentna. Dozens of flights in and out of Anchorage have been canceled.
helps run a lodge there. He says he peered out his window early this morning:
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no roads in and out of Skwentna, so he and others in the village are preparing
to wait out the eruption. He says he has plenty of food in the freezer and a
moose hanging in the shed:
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fall has also been reported in Trapper Creek and at the Chuitna crossing on the
Parks Highway. Volcanic ash can cause respiratory problems but the most serious
threat is to airplanes. The ash can seep into jet engines, causing them to
fail. Alaska Airlines has canceled more than a dozen flights in and out of Anchorage, but most
southbound flights are still taking off.
In a conference call earlier today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said
the agency is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to make sure
airlines are taking the necessary precautions to ensure passenger safety:
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Redoubt last erupted in the winter of 1989 and 1990 - an episode that lasted
four months. Tom Murray is the lead scientist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory
He expects a similar scenario this time around:
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River oil terminal, which sits at the base of Mount Redoubt has been evacuated.
The eruption has already melted glacial ice on the mountain and sent water
flowing over the runway at the terminal. Officials are hoping a barrier built
around the oil storage tanks after Redoubt's last eruption will hold up.
haven't had a close up view of Mount Redoubt since it began erupting. They are
hoping to take a helicopter up to the Volcano today to get a better handle on
the eruption activity.