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The Earth Burps

The BBC tells us why monitoring volcanoes is important in its report on the eruption of Mount Redoubt in Alaska.

John McKay has a lot of background and maps on the eruptions in his Boom! post. John has family in the area.

While they talk about “ash”, think powdered glass, and remember that you need something with the hardness of diamonds to cut glass. This stuff does nothing good for living things or machinery. It destroys jet engines. The Air Force has put its aircraft under cover at Elmendorf AFB outside of Anchorage to protect it from the ash.

This is well South of the area where the Iditarod is ending, but it will be a pain for teams returning to Wasillia, Willow, and Anchorage, as well as anyone who wants to fly out of the Anchorage airport.

2 comments

1 cookie jill { 03.23.09 at 10:17 pm }

I thought Redoubt was “hiccuping…”

cookie jill´s last blog post..skippy’s monday nite music club

2 Bryan { 03.23.09 at 10:51 pm }

No, the pressure has been building and there aren’t enough Tums in the world to stop it, so the molten ocean floor comes to the surface.

The plate boundary runs through the Aleutians over to the Kamchatka Peninsula, and then South through Japan.