Geologists: Redoubt activity in decline

Posted: Thursday, February 05, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Geologists monitoring Alaska's Mount Redoubt for a possible eruption say the volcano's activity is in a "slight decline."

But scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory said Wednesday they are still maintaining a 24-hour watch on the volcano 100 miles southwest of Anchorage.

They are checking radar, taking seismic readings, reviewing satellite and Web camera images, and even relying on reports from pilots flying over the area.

Of late, images have been obscured by clouds.

Geologist Marianne Guffanti says the decline is "not a major dip," and that observers still are in a "wait-and-see mode."

For about two weeks, geologists have been closely watching the volcano for its first eruption in nearly 20 years.

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