Posted by: Michelle Mitton | February 2, 2009

Mt. Redoubt and Other Alaska Volcanoes

Mt. Redoubt and Volcanoes in AlaskaI wanted to say thank you to everyone who has emailed me to see if we’re alive and well, what with us living next door to a rumbling volcano and all. It’s nice to know that there are people who care.

For those of you just tuning in Alaska is one of three states with active volcanoes–29 to be exact–and from time to time we get eruptions at an average of about two a year. Mt. Redoubt is 100 miles southwest of Anchorage and the last time it erupted back about the time I was in high school it sent a cloud of ash all the way to Anchorage which dirtied the city and generally made things inconvenient.

For the past week Redoubt has been showing clear signs of repeating the show and vulcanologists are saying we can expect fireworks at any time–probably sooner rather than later. I’m not worried about getting in the path of anything terribly dangerous but all the ash can really wreak havoc.

We’ve stocked up on face masks and air filters for the cars (in case you were wondering if volcanic ash on the highway reduces your visibility to two cars ahead of you then you shouldn’t drive more than 50 miles without changing your oil and air filters). Plus we’ve tried to keep a supply of perishables on hand just in case.

Our family has a supply of emergency food we always keep in our crawl space so should things get particularly nasty we’re in good shape to wait it out. In fact, the biggest worry is that the ash will be nasty to clean and will temporarily shut down the city which will mean school will be canceled yet again.

Forget hot lava the real danger here is rabid children.

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* photo courtesy of Anchorage Daily News

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