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2/19/2009

Redoubt Volcano: Waiting to Blow

If Alaska's Mount Redoubt is going to blow its top, will it hurry up already?
For weeks, the volcano has rumbled and grumbled and scientists remain reasonably sure an eruption -- the first since a long series of them in 1989-90 (see photo) -- will occur.
But the tempestuous 10,200-foot peak 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, towering above the Cook Inlet across from the Kenai Peninsula, is keeping scientists and Alaskans guessing.

Photo: Mount Redoubt after an eruption on April 21, 1990. Note the ash cloud mirrored on the glassy surface of the Cook Inlet. Credit: J. Warren/Alaska Volcano Observatory-U.S. Geological Survey

So far at Redoubt, there has not been the long series of earthquakes. The latest AVO update: "Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. Volcanic tremor is ongoing and remains elevated since yesterday morning."
Stay tuned. The big bang could happen later today ... next week ... or perhaps not at all.
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