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Originally published Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:57 AM

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Mount Redoubt continues with many, small eruptions

Mount Redoubt hasn't had a major eruptive event in more than a month but scientists say that could soon change.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska —

Mount Redoubt hasn't had a major eruptive event in more than a month but scientists say that could soon change.

Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory say current activity at the volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage suggests a significant explosive event is likely, though not certain, within days.

Geophysicist John Power says shallow earthquake activity under the growing lava dome has been increasing at the volcano since Saturday.

Similar seismic activity was observed before eruptions this year and during the volcano's last major active period in 1989-90.

Mount Redoubt had its last explosive event April 4, sending an ash plume more than 8 miles into the air and dropping gritty ash on Kenai Peninsula communities.

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