This is just a quick post for an update on Redoubt blowing her top again.
Redoubt erupted twice this morning, including a huge explosion at 9:24 that sent a cloud of ash to 65,000 feet, higher than any since the mountain came to life on Sunday night.
Alaska Airlines announced today that it’s canceled all flights in and out of Anchorage for the rest of the day, and other airlines are canceling flights as well.
The following from AVO:
2009-03-26 12:33:56 – Status Report
A large eruption of Redoubt volcano occurred at 09:24 AKDT (17:24 UTC) this morning. National Weather Service reports the cloud height to be at least 65,000 ft above sea level and pilot reports indicated a plume height of 60,000 ft. Since this event, a few smaller events have occurred but these did not generate plumes above about 20,000 feet.
The eruption at 9:24 AKDT also produced a lahar in the Drift River valley that was detected by seismic instruments.
An ashfall advisory is in effect until 4 PM for the western Kenai Peninsula. High level ash (above 30,000 feet) is forecast to pass over Anchorage, but is not expected to produce ash fall. For more information refer to the NWS Redoubt Coordination web page (http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php) for latest ash cloud information.
2009-03-26 09:42:14 – VAN/VONA
A large eruption of Redoubt volcano began at roughly 09:24 AKDT (17:24 UTC). National Weather Service reports the cloud height to be at least 65,000 ft above
2009-03-26 08:56:56 – VAN/VONA
AVO is raising the aviation color code to Red and the alert level to Warning at Redoubt volcano. An explosive event beginning at roughly 08:34 AKDT has produced an eruption cloud to at least 30,000 ft. above sea level. The event continues.
A cloud of steam and ash rises more than 60,000 feet above Mount Redoubt on Thursday, March 26, 2009, to the north of Homer, Alaska. The mountain is about 70 miles to the northwest of the town.
McKibben Jackinsky / Homer News via AP
Heres a cool one.
Ash cloud seen in the geostationary MTSAT data, courtesy of the National Weather Service. We are at the extreme edge of the view for the satellite which is over the equator in Asia.
Picture Date: March 26, 2009 17:30:00 UTC
Image Creator: Dehn, Jonathan