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Redoubt: Drift River Terminal to stay shut down 22 April 2009

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Lahar deposits in the lower Drift River valley, north of DROT (photographer Chris Waythomas, image courtesy AVO/USGS)
Lahar deposits in the lower Drift River valley, north of the Drift River Oil Terminal, 4 April 2009 (photographer Chris Waythomas, image courtesy AVO/USGS). [source]

From the Anchorage Daily News comes a report that the Drift River Oil Terminal, shut down on 23 March and partially emptied of oil on 7 April because of the eruption of Mount Redoubt, will not be back on line any time soon.

With Redoubt volcano still active and potentially explosive, officials have given up trying to restart the nearby Drift River oil terminal anytime soon, indefinitely idling about 10 oil platforms in Cook Inlet.

‘It will take as long as Mother Nature decides’, said a Coast Guard spokeswoman, Petty Officer Sara Francis. It’s unlikely Drift River can reopen before early fall, she said.

All this can come as no surprise to anyone who takes a moment to look at a map showing where the terminal is located. What is surely most remarkable is that anyone has been trying to ‘restart’ the terminal with the eruption ongoing, or is now talking about this terminal being re-opened at all.

Active volcano may idle Inlet platforms until fallAnchorage Daily News, 21 April 2009

Global Volcanism Program: Redoubt – summary information for Redoubt (1103-03-)
Alaska Volcano Observatory – Redoubt – AVO information and updates for Redoubt
Alaska Volcano Observatory – main page for the AVO

The Volcanism Blog


1. SHIRAKAWA Akira - 23 April 2009

Hi, this is not very related to the news, but I think it would be interesting to share.
I have selected a few pictures from the new Hut webcam to show the growth of the blocky lava dome over time at Redoubt. Missing days are when the view has always been obscured by clouds:

April 16: http://i42.tinypic.com/1zcmver.jpg
April 20: http://i44.tinypic.com/717crm.jpg
April 21: http://i43.tinypic.com/2ciisn4.jpg
April 22: http://i44.tinypic.com/212ered.jpg

It will be interesting to see how it will end up in two or three weeks of time, if the dome will not have collapsed before.

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