Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Blame Global Warming V

Thoroughly incensed by insults to Gaia (as documented by the IPCC), Mt. Redoubt looks likely to blow its top.
The ground at Mount Redoubt rumbled intermittently Tuesday, and the Alaska Volcano Observatory continued to forecast a potential eruption there "within days."

The 10,197-foot peak 100 miles southwest of Anchorage now appears ready to explode for the second time in 20 years, the observatory noted in a mid-day status report.



I recently took this picture from my office window halfway between Anchorage and Mt. Spurr.

Mt. Spurr is the conical peak near the picture's left edge, and is about 50 miles north of Redoubt.
If history is a guide, Redoubt should erupt in style, geologists say. Unlike volcanoes in Hawaii, which tend to ooze out slow-rolling lava, volcanoes in Alaska -- Redoubt included -- usually erupt explosively, shooting ash nearly eight miles high.

Were that to happen around 9 a.m. this morning, the forecast winds would carry the ash plume directly toward Anchorage ...
Great. Just great.

9 Comments:

Blogger David said...

I blame Darwin.

January 28, 2009 10:39 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

You would.

January 28, 2009 11:03 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Volcanoes are inconvenient. Earthquakes are what you want to watch out for.

January 28, 2009 1:29 PM  
Blogger erp said...

I hope you're not in your office when it blows.

January 28, 2009 1:33 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Here are some interesting recent pictures.

I lived 40 miles from the epicenter when the 7.3 Sylmar earthquake happened in SoCal. Quite amazing, but other than emptying four feet of water out of our swimming pool, had no consequences.

The problem with volcanoes is the ash. Not dangerous, but bloody inconvenient for some time. I have no idea what flight ops has in mind -- volcanic ash and jet engines do not play at all well together.

I hope you're not in your office when it blows.

Actually, my wife really hopes I'm not in my office. If the ash fall is sufficient to close the airport, it could be closed for weeks. If I am on the road in the event, then it could be no small amount of time until I get home, since there is no practical alternative to flying.

January 28, 2009 5:55 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Here is how the last eruption worked out.

Almost lost a 747.

January 28, 2009 6:01 PM  
Blogger erp said...

Could this ash reach your home? I remember the Mt Helens eruption covering a large perimeter with ash many feet deep.

January 29, 2009 6:46 AM  
Blogger Bret said...

"Not dangerous [ash], but bloody inconvenient for some time."

But great sunsets down here in southern california! And more rain (lower water bills)!

January 29, 2009 9:15 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Could this ash reach your home?

It did with the last eruption. I talked to someone yesterday who had been through the last one.

The ash cloud turned day into night, and left a layer in Anchorage that was several inches deep.

No increase in seismic activity, so the AVO is saying they don't expect an eruption for several days to a couple weeks.

January 29, 2009 10:54 AM  

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