Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Joanna Tornes Update No. 3 on Redoubt volcano eruption

Wednesday. New photos of Redoubt volcano. One hundred forty five photos of Redoubt volcano eruption and ash fall are available at ADN.COM, the Anchorage Daily News website.

As of Tuesday the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reported continuous emissions of steam, volcanic gases, and minor amounts of ash continue at Redoubt.

These emissions have been generally been at low altitudes (less than 15,000 feet above sea level), but occasionally rise as high as 25,000 feet above sea level. Satellite images from taken Tuesday morning show a broad layer of volcanic haze extending east of the volcano over the Kenai Peninsula, the Anchorage Bowl, and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Satellite images from last night show a thermal anomaly at the vent and are possibly due to the extrusion of a lava dome in the summit crater. Seismicity consists of volcanic tremor and occasional discrete earthquakes.

Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) and Anchorage Daily News (ADN) report that the alert level remains "red" as a warning. Low-level ash and steam continued at Mount Redoubt on Tuesday.

As Redoubt volcano simmered and sputtered on low Tuesday, the Drift River oil terminal downriver continued to pose challenging questions for its owner and government officials over the millions of gallons of crude oil stored there, and when operations could resume.

Tuesday, Alaska Airline cancelled night flights to and from Anchorage.

Increased concern about oil operations, particularly at the Drift River terminal facility. Storage capacity is limited. No discussion of the impact on oil prices of the disruption of oil supply that results from the Redoubt eruptions.

Anchorage Daily News quotes several scientists who describe Tuesday as a calm day for Mount Redoubt. The same scientists are quoted that they expect further volcanic activity.

The newspaper also reported that there is a haze in the sky from the volcanic ash. Government officials are quoted that the haze is not dangerous.


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