Alaska: Redoubt Blows Its Top

Redoubt Blows Its Top

As the 6,500 residents of Kenai, Alaska, looked on in awe last week, Redoubt volcano continued its noisy return from a 25-year dormancy. The 10,194-ft. mountain, 115 miles southwest of Anchorage, had begun spewing ash last month, which disrupted mail deliveries and passenger air traffic in the heavily traveled corridor to Asia. But the latest series of eruptions were even more spectacular. A plume of volcanic ash rose 40,000 ft. high, and lightning caused brilliant yellow and red flashes that illuminated the volcano against the night sky and revealed the area's coastline. Pilots reported seeing lava on the volcano's northwestern slope,...