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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Volcano Erupts 

Mount Redoubt Alaska has finally blown its top and as of today, it has erupted six times with an explosive force that sent ash 9.5 miles high.

The first eruption occurred at 10:38 p.m. on March 22, 2009 and follows
a volcanic eruption close to the South Pacific nation of Tonga a few days earlier.

The Tonga eruption has totally destroyed rich bird life and vegetation, leaving a wasteland of black ash and tree stumps. So vast is the volume of emitted rock and ash, that it has completely filled the gap between the undersea volcano's offshore vent and the island of Hunga Ha'apai, increasing the island's land mass by hundreds of square feet. Hunga Ha'apai was uninhabited and lies 39 miles northwest of the Tongan capital.

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