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Alaska volcano sends Air Force planes south

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2 Feb 09 - Air Force aircraft and crews from Anchorage are being moved to Washington’s McChord Air Force Base because of increased activity of Mount Redoubt volcano. 

Scientists said last week that Alaska's Mount Redoubt - 100 miles southwest of Anchorage - could erupt "within days."

The last time the 10,197-foot peak blew was during a five-month stretch starting in December 1989.

If the volcano erupts, it would most likely affect air traffic between Seattle and Alaska, as well as planes taking the polar routes from the Far East.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28967904/

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Alaskans Brace for Redoubt Volcano Eruption
30 Jan 09 - Hardware stores and auto parts shops scored a run of business this week as Anchorage-area residents stocked up on protective eyewear and masks ahead of a possible eruption of Mount Redoubt.

Redoubt blew on Dec. 15, 1989, sending ash 150 miles away into the path of a jet carrying 231 passengers. Its four engines flamed out.

The jet dropped more than 2 miles before the crew was able to restart all engines and land the plane safely at Anchorage. The plane required $80 million in repairs. 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,485048,00.html 
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