Mount Redoubt Ready To Erupt?

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There have been a variety of reports the past few days that the 10,197 foot Mt. Redoubt in Alaska is set to erupt soon. Some scientists believe that it could go at any moment actually, and that it could bring some disastrous consequences.

Over the past few days, the Alaskan Volcano Observatory have noticed that volcanic tremors in and around the mountain have increased in intensity, although they are not as powerful as they were last weekend. Still, as the frequency of these tremors continues to increase, experts believe that it is only a matter of time before it blows.

Fox News (Are they still around?) is reporting that residents in the area have been stocking up on supplies, including protective eye wear and masks, in preparation of the seismic event. Many have gone through this before, with the last major eruption taking place in 1992 when, when Mt. Spurr blew it’s top.

Volcanologists warn that Alaska’s volcanoes can be quite dangerous, spewing ash and rock into the air as high as 50,000 feet. At that altitude, the debris can hit the jet stream and carry for hundreds of miles, raining down on distant areas. The ash and soot can be especially harmful to those with respiratory issues as well.

For now, everyone sits and waits to see if Redoubt decides to erupt. Most scientists who are charting the event seem to think it’s only a matter of time. But exactly how much time remains to be seen.

Kraig Becker