Redoubt Volcano, Cook Inlet

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Redoubt Volcano has an elevation of 10,197 feet (3109 m), and is located in the Aleutian Range, 9 miles (14.5 km) northeast of Crescent Lake and 52 miles (84 km) west of Kenai, Alaska. The name is a translation of the Russian name "Sopka Redutskaya" first reported by Tebenkov in 1852. According to Constantin Grewingk in 1850, the native name "Ujakushatsch" also means "fortified place" but it is difficult to determine if one name is derived from the other. Captain Tebenkov reported that the volcano erupted in 1778.

The Drift River oil terminal was built at the base of Mount Redoubt near Cook Inlet, Alaska. The oil terminal is a tank farm which holds crude oil before it is loaded onto oil tankers and transported to refineries. It is located at the terminus of the Drift River, an historic floodplain of nearby Redoubt Volcano. The facility is owned and operated by Cook Inlet Pipeline Company, a Houston-based corporation owned by Hilcorp Energy Co. Oil is collected into the tanks via the submerged Cook Inlet Pipeline, which connects the tank farm to the oil fields on the west side of Cook Inlet. The Drift River oil terminal will eventually be dismantled after oil starts flowing through a newly configured pipeline system.

When the volcano erupted on December 14, 1989 the terminal was jeopardized by lahar (volcanic ash and mud) flows. A 747 flew through the ash cloud and all 4 engines failed. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the Drift River.

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