Apr
05
2009

Mt. Redoubt erupts again

That's not snow: Ashfall from Redoubt's ~6 am explosive event, April 4, 2009, as viewed from near Homer, AK. Photograph courtesy of Dennis Anderson.
That's not snow: Ashfall from Redoubt's ~6 am explosive event, April 4, 2009, as viewed from near Homer, AK. Photograph courtesy of Dennis Anderson.Courtesy Alaska Volcano Observatory
After a week of a slightly lower activity level, Mt. Redoubt had another large eruption on Saturday, sending a plume of ash 50,000 feet into the sky.

Ash fall from volcanic eruptions is a major problem for folks who live in the areas impacted by these eruptions. I used to think of ash fall like snow. But its not snow - volcanic ash is tiny jagged pieces of rock and glass. Its hard (you can't use a snowblower to get rid of it, it'll wreck your blower), abrasive, mildly corrosive, conducts electricity when wet, and does not dissolve in water. Think about that - when it rains you don't get the ash washed away - you just get icky mud. Its a major problem.

Here are web cams of Mt. Redoubt here and here.

Also be sure to check out the Alaska Volcano Observatory's page on Mt. Redoubt's activity.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

Here are some awesome-ly cool amateur photos of the lightning cloud hovering over the Mt. Redoubt during eruptions.

posted on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 10:02am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

Those are awesome!

posted on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 9:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow that's scarry

posted on Sun, 04/19/2009 - 4:37pm
DO's picture
DO says:

Thor: Picture 2 reminds me of the Night on Bald Mountainn sequence from Fantasia. See tne skull?

posted on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 12:43pm

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