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2009-03-24 12:30:00

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the 10,200-foot Mount Redoubt in Alaska erupted five times overnight Sunday, propelling a 9 mile cloud of ash into the air, the Associated Press reported.  Although residents of the state's most populated city did not witness any falling ash, small communities just north of Anchorage observed bits of falling, fine gray dust on Monday. In a small 24-hour grocery store located in Willow, a small town just 50 miles north of Anchorage, 56-year old,...

2009-02-23 12:25:00

Scientists at volcano monitoring stations in Alaska say they are confident in their abilities to track volcanic activity at the active Redoubt Volcano. The scientists stationed at the Alaska Volcano Observatory in Anchorage and the city of Fairbanks, said the monitoring stations have made significant advancement since the volcano's 1989 eruption, the Anchorage Daily News said Sunday. The Redoubt Volcano has been the source of recent volcanic activity, leading to concerns it may soon erupt....

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2009-02-01 12:45:00

In the latest sign that an eruption could be imminent, further seismic activity has been detected at Alaska's Mount Redoubt, scientists reported Saturday.  "Since late Friday afternoon, seismic activity has been relatively low at Redoubt; however, it is still above normal background levels," the Alaska Volcano Observatory said early Saturday. "The volcano is in a state of unrest," it said. Geologists monitoring the volcano for indications of a possible eruption noticed that a hole in...

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2009-01-29 14:10:00

Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano is expected to erupt at any time now and scientists are keeping a watchful eye on the volcano's hour-to-hour activity. The Alaska Volcano Observatory told CNN news that Redoubt's seismic activity level of has increased markedly in recent days at the 10,197-foot peak located about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, the state's most populous city. Peter Cervelli, a research geophysicist with the observatory, is keeping a watchful eye on the volcano. "We don't have...

2009-01-26 20:44:19

The Alaskan Volcano Observatory says Mount Redoubt is rumbling and an eruption of the 10,917-foot peak could occur within days. Mount Redoubt, located about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, last erupted between December 1989 and April 1990, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday. A nearly continuous volcanic tremor was recorded Sunday at stations near Redoubt's summit, prompting AVO to raise the Aviation Color Code to orange and the alert level to watch, the report said. The current...

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2009-01-15 13:20:00

Alaska's government said Wednesday it plans to issue a challenge to block federal protections for a struggling population of beluga whales in Cook Inlet, a mature oil-producing basin. The decision comes just five months after suing to keep polar bears off the U.S. threatened species list. The energy-rich state believes the Endangered Species Act protections for belugas announced in October by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are unwarranted, according to former vice...

2009-01-07 07:52:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Fishing, rafting, flightseeing and luxury accommodations -- they're all 2-for-1 this year as Alaska destinations offer up deals for summertime travel. Here's a list of the state's Top 10 destinations, now available at 2-for-1 savings, when travelers have a copy of the all-new 2009 edition of Great Alaskan TourSaver. 10. Bering Sea Crab Boat Tour in Ketchikan, as seen on "Deadliest Catch." This great hands-on tour gives travelers the chance to watch...

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2008-12-17 14:51:27

Three Alaska volcanoes erupted in midsummer 2008. Cleveland, Okmok and Kasatochi volcanoes, all located in Alaska's Aleutian Chain, made for a hectic 20th anniversary for the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Scientists from AVO and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will share details of their research on North Pacific volcanoes, highlighting some of the recent volcanic eruptions in Alaska, at a variety of presentations at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting...

2008-10-23 00:00:11

Federal researchers said they're trying to figure out why beluga whales are dying in Alaska's Cook Inlet. The belugas have been listed as endangered, with an estimated 375 of the animals left in the area. A report by the National Marine Fisheries Service suggests 18 possible threats to the whales, including disease, whale poaching and unnatural noise in the water from off-shore drilling and pile-driving, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday. Researchers said oil and gas spills,...

2008-09-12 09:00:45

Ormat Technologies has secured geothermal rights for approximately 35,000 acres of land to explore geothermal energy in the vicinity of Anchorage, Alaska, for a total purchase price of approximately $3.3 million. Ormat has won 15 of the 16 tracts offered for lease on Mount Spurr, a snowcapped 11,070-foot volcano, 75 miles west of Anchorage. Mount Spurr is in an active volcanic region. Lucien Bronicki, chairman and chief technology officer of Ormat Technologies, said: "Alaska is a new...


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