Monday, March 23, 2009

Mount Redoubt Erupted!

Mt Redoubt
An erupting Mount Redoubt exploded again at 4:31 this morning -- its fifth and strongest discharge yet -- sending an ash cloud to new heights, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported. Ash has now been detected at 60,000 feet above sea level, the National Weather Service reported.
Mid-level winds are still carrying the ash plume north over the Susitna Valley, and minor ash fall has been reported in Skwentna, Willow, Trapper Creek and Talkeetna, according to the Weather Service, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and eyewitness reports.
High-elevation winds above 40,000 feet are beginning to veer toward Anchorage, but no ash is expected to fall on Alaska's largest city at this time, Bob Hopkins, the meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service office in Anchorage said.

So, here in Wasilla, we are not receiving any ash. You can't even tell the volcano blew. Mt. Redoubt is about 145 miles from Wasilla.

Mt St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens was more active then this. With Mt St. Helen, I was in Stake Conference and by the time we left, there was ash all over the cars. We had neighbors out hosing off all the cars for us. For days you had to stay indoors and if you went out you had to wear a mask and also change your car filter often.
Mt St. Helens is 53 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon.


Anonymous said...

holy smokes [pun intended] woe..i'm sooo glad you guys are ok!!!! i totlly remember helens, it was crazy and we got ash too!!!

Bergan and Jake said...

Darn Volcano. I grew up in WA always hearing stories about Mt. St. Helens and how it affected people from all over. Hopefully this one is less severe.