Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Where Do I Go When the Volcano Blow?
I wonder how many people can say they have witnessed two volcanic eruptions in their lifetime?
Mt. Redoubt, 100 miles SW of Anchorage, appears to be gearing up for something. Just what, we are not sure, but the fact that earthquakes are rumbling beneath us and out in the Cook Inlet give a pretty strong indication.
I was in 6th grade when Mt. St. Helens erupted, and I still remember the ash piling up along the roadways in Eastern Washington. Darkness in the middle of the day.
We are all hoping that no respirators, plastic bags, and headlamps will be needed here.
We had a 5.7 earthquake last Saturday morning that swayed the lamps for quite some time. Yesterday the Alaska Volcano Observatory has posted an "Orange" watch for Mt. Redoubt, which means geologists will be staffed in their offices 24/7 until something happens. Or, more hopefully, doesn't.
Guess we just wait and see now. Should be interesting.
The photo above is from our flight home from Dillingham in 2007. Redoubt in all her glory.