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March 23, 2009

Ash falling on Alaska towns as Mount Redoubt erupts

At least five explosions have shaken the volcano, sending an ash plume 60,000 feet into the air. Weather conditions were likely to keep the ash away from Anchorage, but other populated areas were feeling the ash's effects this morning. No disruptions in air service — jets' engines can be damaged by volcanic ash — were reported immediately.

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