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Ash cloud bursts from Mt. Redoubt

March 28, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Alaska's Mt. Redoubt continued its volcanic explosions, sending an ash cloud 50,000 feet above sea level and prompting drivers to head to the auto parts store for new air filters.

The National Weather Service said most of the ash was expected to fall to the north, but trace amounts of ash from Friday morning's eruption and smaller ones overnight could fall on Anchorage.

Since the series of eruptions began Sunday night, the volcano has had several bursts. One Thursday sent ash 65,000 feet high. The last time the volcano had erupted was during a four-month period in late 1989 and early 1990.

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