by Jennifer Castro
Saturday, March 28, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Mount Redoubt erupted for a sixth time Saturday afternoon according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory at 1:40 p.m. The afternoon eruption sent ash 25,000 feet above sea level.
At 8:30 a.m. the AVO says they've observed a signal that reflects a low level ash emission at the volcano's summit. Since then, small discrete earthquakes and low level tremor continued.
The National Weather Service has not issued an ashfall adivosry at this time. But a high wind advisory has been issued for Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm through Sunday evening. Wind gusts of 45 to 60 mph can be expected Saturday night with possible gusts up to 80 mph after midnight.
A spokesman for Alaska Airlines says flights are resuming to their normal schedules Saturday. Three flights were preemptively canceled to Nome, Kodiak, and Bethel Saturday morning due to Redoubt's activity. However, Alaska Airlines says they have figured out alternative routes to these destinations and anticipate flights will be in service the rest of the day.