Monday, March 23, 2009

Redoubt Volcano Erupts

Redoubt erupted five times this morning shooting ash up to 65,000 feet (19,800 meters) into the atmosphere. Several flights were canceled in the area due to the ash. Volcanic ash is not like typical dust created from blowing soil. Instead, volcanic ash is very angular with sharp jagged edges. If you inhale ash, it will do severe damage to your lungs. Ash can also destroy airplane engines. Earlier today, you could see a plume of ash on the Anchorage, AK radar traveling north - northeast away from the volcano. Currently though, you just see a small blob of ash on radar. I've drawn an arrow pointing to the location of Redoubt and the radar return caused by the ash.

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