Mt. ReDoubt: April 21, 1990

With ReDoubt currently in a Code Orange, I thought that a few photos from the last eruption might best express what is possible in this scenario. These photos were taken of ReDoubt on April 21, 1990.

Last time, ReDoubt erupted for a period of five months. The mushroom-shaped plume from the pyroclastic flows shot ash 30,000 - 50,000 feet into the jet stream...over nine miles high. It coated Anchorage with a layer of ash - over 100 miles away. The ash also flamed out the engines of a KLM jet 150 miles away.

Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory say they are expecting a repeat performance.

Let's just hope they're wrong, and that things just fizzle.

(photos courtesy of the Alaska Volcano Observatory)