EARTH Magazine: Alaskan Volcano Doesn’t Just Huff & Puff, It Screams!

Mount Redoubt blows its top in TK date. Photo by Game McGimsey.

Mount Redoubt blows its top. Photo by Game McGimsey.

Hey everybody, check out my latest story for EARTH magazine on Alaska’s screaming volcano, Mount Redoubt:

In March 2009, Alaska’s Mount Redoubt awoke from two decades of silence with something to say: A series of small earthquakes leading up to the eruption produced a seismic sound that staff at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Volcano Observatory nicknamed “the screams.” Now, two new studies are eavesdropping on Redoubt’s inner workings and quantifying the forces needed to produce the unusual harmonic tremors.

Read the rest of the story on EARTH’s website. It will also appear in the October issue of the magazine.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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8 Responses to EARTH Magazine: Alaskan Volcano Doesn’t Just Huff & Puff, It Screams!

  1. Karen says:

    I found your blog by googling “grayson highlands blog” last week and I’ve been reading through your archives ever since!! Sooooo much good stuff.

    I was living in Anchorage when Redoubt blew – I have some ash that landed on my car (it wasn’t a lot)!

  2. You should do one on the Yellowstone super volcano. People can’t read enough about that.

  3. Mast Holiday says:

    sounds amazing! great shot.

  4. Amazing, great article!

  5. Interesting reading…. Yes, would be great to get your scientific take on what’s happening in Yellowstone.

  6. Living near a volcanic area can yield some of the highest quality of water. I would be thrilled to have municipal water that comes from volcanic sources. I bet the locals there probably bottle that up and sell it….lol.

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