Palin May Be Tested Under Fire – Literally

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Mount Redoubt could erupt at any minute.  When it does, it is not expected to be “just any little ol’ eruption’ either.  It is entirely possible that the eruption, which could endanger Anchorage, is going to be a whopper.

“…Alaska’s Mount Redoubt volcano is expected to erupt at any time now and scientists are keeping a watchful eye on the volcano’s hour-to-hour activity.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory told CNN news that Redoubt’s seismic activity level of has increased markedly in recent days at the 10,197-foot peak located about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, the state’s most populous city.

Peter Cervelli, a research geophysicist with the observatory, is keeping a watchful eye on the volcano.

“We don’t have a crystal ball but we expect, based on the past behavior of this volcano, that this activity is going to culminate in an eruption,” Cervelli said.

“As of now, the activity has consisted of a combination of discrete, relatively small earthquakes and periods of more continuous volcanic tremor,” he added.

The volcano’s alert status was raised to a “watch” level on Sunday, based on seismic activity detected January 23.

A volcano watch is considered the second-highest warning level, meaning it “exhibits heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, time frame uncertain, or eruption is under way but poses limited hazards,” the U.S. Geological Survey stated….”

Webcam to watch the eruption when it happens.

The media is keeping an eye on the possible explosion, even though things may be settling down a bit, according to one report.  Let’s be honest here.  The real reason the media is watching this one so closely is to start picking apart the emergency response abilities of the Governor of Alaska.

I think we all know we can put money on the fact that if the eruption is as big as some geologists are predicting, the media is going to turn Mount Redoubt into Sarah Palin’s Katrina.

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