At 6 a.m. Saturday, there was a significant explosive event at Redoubt, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. An ash cloud has reached at least 50,000 feet above sea level and is heading southeast. The National Weather Service has issued an ash advisory lasting to 10 a.m. for areas south of Ninilchik.
The Mount Redoubt alert level is currently WARNING and aviation color code is RED.
Lightning was observed in the eruption cloud and AVO seismometers indicate a lahar in the Drift River Valley. A flsh flood warning has been issued for the Drift River Valley.
Strong, but diminishing seismic activity is continuing as of 07:35 a.m..
For more information on ash falls, see the National Weather Service site: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php
-- Clarion staff report
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