Alaskans brace for volcano eruption

January 30, 2009 11:44:27 AM PST
There's a run on emergency supplies in the Anchorage, Alaska area as residents prepare for a possible volcanic eruption. Scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory warn that an eruption of Mount Redoubt is imminent. They've been monitoring earthquakes underneath the 10,200-foot volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Residents stocked up on protective eyewear and masks against a dusty shower of volcanic ash that could descend on south-central Alaska.

Alaska's volcanoes typically explode and shoot ash 30,000 to 50,000 feet high -- more than nine miles -- into the jet stream.

The particulate has jagged edges and has been used as an industrial abrasive.

It can injure skin, eyes and breathing passages, and poses a major hazard to any aircraft flying into the ash cloud.

CLICK HERE to follow Action News on Twitter

CLICK HERE to get Action News on your website

CLICK HERE to find Action News on Facebook

Click here to get the latest Philadelphia news and headlines from across the Delaware and Lehigh valleys.


Load Comments