Thank you Redoubt Volcano – my story
Redoubt Volcano is a stratovolcano located in the Aleutian volcano arc of Alaska where the Pacific Plate dives beneath the North American Plate. It is 3108 m (10,197 ‘) and rated as a VEI-3 volcano. Its 1.8 km ice-filled crater is breached on the north side by the Drift Glacier. During periods of eruption, lahars flow down to the Cook Inlet. This is particularly dangerous to the Drift River Oil Terminal positioned there.
Redoubt will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first volcano that I followed from its first rumblings in November 2008 through its eruptions in 2009. Between March 22 and April 4 there were 19 explosive events that sent plumes as high as 60,000 ‘
(18,288 ) m . It then started building its lava dome. By September, the dome had reached a volume of approximately 70 million cubic meters. There was fear of collapse during this building process, but, thankfully, that didn’t happen.
I was not into volcanoes before that time and it was quite by accident that I heard about Redoubt through another website. Out of curiosity, I went to the Alaska Volcano Observatory website to see what I could discover. www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.php
It was my great fortune that I could follow my first volcano on this magnificent website. Anything I could possibly want to know was right there at my fingertips: webcams, webicorders, daily and sometimes hourly updates, beautiful photos from current flyovers, Redoubt history and maps. I was so impressed that I sent the Observatory an e-mail thanking them for sharing all this wonderful information with “flat landers” like me. (Those of us who live in the Midwest have no mountains, just flat land) To my amazement, I shortly received an e-mail back thanking ME!
Well, I was hooked. Volcanoes are awesome. I had no idea when I started this journey just how many volcanoes there are around the world. I had heard about Krakatoa through documentaries and Mt. St. Helens certainly made the news in the U.S., but that was a busy time in my life and I gave it no further thought. My interest was in earthquakes and I hadn’t yet made the correlation between earthquakes and volcanoes.
And then came El Hierro and the volcano we call Bob. For the first time I learned about undersea volcanoes and Surtsey eruptions. Watching daily on the webcam was so exciting and I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. And that’s when I discovered Volcanocafe and my life forever changed. I never thought I would be following a blog, let alone posting comments. And I certainly never thought that a blog would teach me so much and leave me yearning for more, entertain me and introduce me to so many new friends around the world. And now here I am nervously submitting a post. Yikes!
Information about Redoubt was obtained from the AVO website listed above.
Redoubt had a bad habit of erupting at night in 2009 and I couldn’t find a picture that I really thought was a WOW like this one.