Latest Redoubt Eruption Sends Ash 11 Miles Up

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2009 1:39 PM CDT
Mount Redoubt erupting in 1990, the last time it was active.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The fifth and largest eruption of Alaska’s Mount Redoubt occurred this morning, sending a plume of ash 60,000 feet above sea level, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The ash is spreading north into inhabited areas, but winds moving toward Anchorage are too high to dump ash there. “That’s going to stay there,” an expert said. While the airport there is still open, Alaska Airlines has canceled 19 flights.