Environment

Alaska Volcano May Erupt in a Matter of Days

| by US Geological Survey

The level of seismic activity at Mount Redoubt Volcano, 106 miles
southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, has increased and an eruption is
possible within days to weeks.

Scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) are monitoring
events round-the-clock. Redoubt Volcano has been assessed by the U.S.
Geological Survey (USGS) as one of the nation's highest-threat
volcanoes.

Redoubt last erupted explosively nearly 20 years ago, sending ash
plumes 40,000 feet into the air and causing engine failure in a 747
jet, which eventually landed safely. Ash also interrupted commercial
air traffic into and out of Anchorage, and mudflows from the volcano
threatened an oil storage facility near Cook Inlet.

The latest information about Mount Redoubt can be found at: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.php

Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. John Eichelberger, USGS Volcano Hazards Program Coordinator, at http://www.usgs.gov/corecast/, Episode 81. You can learn about the USGS Volcano Hazards Program at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov.

The AVO is a partnership of the USGS, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and
Geophysical Surveys. Information about all of the current volcanic
eruptions in Alaska including activity statements, images, background
materials and related hazards can be found at the AVO home page: http://www.avo.alaska.edu.

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