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National Briefing / Alaska

Volcano still rumbling

March 25, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Mt. Redoubt continued to rumble amid new concerns that its eruptions and mudflows would damage a nearby oil terminal where about 6 million gallons of crude are stored.

The 10,200-foot volcano, about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted Sunday night. Since then there have been five more eruptions; the latest, on Monday night, shot an ash plume 40,000 to 50,000 feet into the sky.

The volcano has been relatively quiet since, but that is expected to change, said Stephanie Prejean, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Alaska Airlines resumed flights to and from Alaska after ash clouds from the eruptions forced cancellation of 35 flights. Further eruptions could alter scheduled flights.

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