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Volcano in Alaska !!

Discussion in 'Storm Pictures' started by Alaska Boss, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Mt. Redoubt, one of many active volcanoes in Alaska, started rumbling several weeks ago,... and scientists were saying a major eruption was like to happen at any time,... but for weeks, it just pumped out steam, with almost non-stop earthquakes,.... This volcano is located only about 100 miles from Anchorage,... where more than half of the people in Alaska live,...

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  2. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Then late last week it happened,... a major eruption,.... there were a series of them, but the largest one blew steam & ash 65,000 ft up into the atmosphere,... :eek::eek:

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  3. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Alaska Airlines cancelled all flights into Anchorage for several days while waiting to see how/where the ash cloud would drift,... there's nothing in the air that would ruin a turbine engine faster than the silicone ash from a volcano,...

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  4. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    The eruptions that happened at night provided some amazing electrical storms as well,.... :eek:

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  5. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory were making daily fly-bys prior to the major eruptions, and knew something was about to happen,.... as the whole ice field around the crater was cracking and falling into it,... it takes some intense heat to melt that much snow & ice that fast,... :eek:

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  6. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    The biggest eruption was even captured on a satellite camera by the National Weather Service,... this camera is positioned over the equator in Asia,.... :eek:

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  7. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Then, all people could do is watch as the huge ash cloud came drifting toward them,.. and wonder just how badly this was going to mess up our lives,....

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  8. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Then the ash started falling from the sky,.... like dirty snow,.... some places just got a dusting (like at my house),... other places got more than ¼". Volcanic ash is extremely abrasive,... it's not like ash from a wood fire,... this is burnt/pulverized silica rock, and it covers everything,.... so the animals suffer as well, as all the brush, etc is now covered in this very gritty, dirty, and I'm sure bad-tasting ash,.... :angry:

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  9. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    No matter what you did or went, you would make dirty tracks in the snow,... whether a bird, or people, or driving a car or a snow machine,... if it was just dirt it wouldn't be so bad,... but it would be hard to find a substance more abrasive than volcanic ash,...

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  10. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    The snow removal equipment at the airport covered the runways in snow, then plowed it off to try & absorb the ash & keep it from flying up in the air before they allowed airplanes to fly again,....

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  11. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Scientists have dug down into the snow fields around Mt Redoubt in recent years looking at other eruptions that have happened in the past,.. trying to learn as much as they can about predicting & anticipating the next eruption,.... but if a mountain is going to blow up, what can anyone do? Recent fly-bys have shown huge flood/mud flows that washed down the side of the mountain as it erupted,... if you want to buy some land cheap in Alaska,... I'm sure there is something available at the base of Mt. Redoubt,... :waving::waving:

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  12. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Wow, those are some incredible pictures!! Thanks for the update and stay safe!!
     
  13. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,537

    those are amazing pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep safe up there
     
  14. 05Duramax073

    05Duramax073 Member
    Messages: 38

    That is an amazing set of photos. I would not want to be around that ash like you said. The abrasiveness of it is insane.
     
  15. big_belly4ever

    big_belly4ever Member
    Messages: 30

    Alaska Boss wow thanks for sharing pics and info about the volcano.
     
  16. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Thanks for sharing !!! Very interesting.!!!!
     
  17. DeVries

    DeVries PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,614

    Seeing pics like that how can you not believe there's a God.

    Those pics of the lightening in the cloud is awesome

    Keep them comming Alaska, I always enjoy your pics.
     
  18. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,537

    to be honest thats the last thing i thought about seeing those pics....maybe its just me :rolleyes:
     
  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    :nod: :nod: You've got that right.

    I was wondering how close you were AB, you were the first one I thought about when I heard that Redoubt was erupting. Didn't know where you were in relation to it. Good to hear that your a safe distance away.

    Absolutely amazing pics. You never cease to awe me with your pics.
     
  20. Mysticlandscape

    Mysticlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    Those lightning pictures are awesome.