Mt. ReDoubt Update: 3/28 @ 7:30 p.m.

Mt. ReDoubt erupted again at 3:30 this afternoon, sending a plume of ash and gas 35,000 ft into the air. This is the seventeenth eruption since last Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued another flood warning for the Drift River area at 4:12 p.m. According to their release, " frequent volcanic eruptions of Mount ReDoubt will cause flooding of the Drift River drainage area. Water from melting ice will flood the river with each eruption. Mudslides are possible along the river."

This release seems to contradict the Pollyanna assurances made by Chevron in their update noted earlier (see "Mt. ReDoubt Update: 3/28 @ 8:00 a.m.").

- photo of this afternoon's eruption of Mt. ReDoubt by David Wartinbee (viewed from Soldotna).