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March 23, 2009
Hannah Hamilton 703-648-4356
Tom Murray 907-786-7497

Media Advisory: Mount Redoubt Volcano in Alaska Erupts Explosively

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Mount Redoubt Volcano, 106 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, erupted explosively March 22, 2009, at approximately 10:38 PM AKDT, sending a cloud of volcanic ash to an estimated 50,000 feet above sea level. Scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) are monitoring the volcano closely as the eruption continues.

AVO will host a news conference at 1:00PM AKDT (5PM EASTERN TIME) at the USGS Alaska Science Center in the Glenn Olds Hall Conference Room, Anchorage, AK to discuss what has been learned since the first eruption on March 22. AVO staff will be available to be interviewed on-site in Anchorage.

Who: Media

What: AVO Redoubt Volcano eruption update

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM AKDT/5:00 – 6:00 PM EASTERN TIME

Date: March 23, 2009

Call-in: 877-953-4172

Participant Code: 8654249#

Place: USGS Alaska Science Center

Glenn Olds Hall

Glenn Olds Conference Room

4210 University Drive

Anchorage, AK 99508

AVO's dynamic website ( contains extensive information about present and past volcanic activity in Alaska and is increasingly popular as a destination for real-time data about Alaska's restless volcanoes.

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