Redoubt Spits Up 50K-Foot Plume

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2009 3:14 PM CDT
This photo provided by the Alaska Volcano Observatory shows Redoubt Volcano as seen from between Kenai and Nilnilchik, Alaska erupting at 3:29 pm, Alaska time March 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Alaska Volcano Observatory, Jaden Larson)
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(Newser) – The Mount Redoubt volcano in Alaska has had another large eruption after being relatively quiet for nearly a week. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says the volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage erupted early today, sending a plume of volcanic ash 50,000 feet into the sky—one of the largest eruptions since the volcano became active on March 22.

The ash cloud was drifting toward the southeast and there were reports of the fine, gritty ash falling in towns on the Kenai Peninsula.