Mount Redoubt ready to blow again?

Mount Redoubt (Alaska) – On Sunday afternoon, Mount Redoubt began once again emitting steam and ash. Ashfall from the explosion was observed on the upper south flank of the volcano, but no airborne ash was discovered which could be deemed a hazard.

Researchers at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) are currently keeping a close eye on the more activity which has been detected at Mount Redoubt, which is located in southern Alaska. The Volcano is currently being observed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mount Redoubt is 10197 feet tall (just under two miles) and is located about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, the most populated city in the state (with 626,932 people in 2008, down from 670,053 in 2006).

The alert status has now been raised to a “watch” level. A watch level means the volcano is “exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, timeframe uncertain, or eruption is underway with no more minor volcanic-ash emissions”, stated the observatory.

The explosion Sunday was Redoubt’s most explosive occurrence since the volcano became active toward the end of January. The volcano’s activity however, has been in decline since Sunday.

The ash was not determined to be generated by new magma, and could have potentially been ash residue from a previous eruption.

If the weather permits, an AVO crew plans to return to Redoubt via helicopter today to examine the nature of the volcanic ash which was left from the even this weekend.

Volcano Live — Jimmy Buffet
“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t where I’m gonna go when the volcano blows…”

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