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Makushin 2015 Geology Blog
Posted: July 22, 2015
AVO geologists Janet Schaefer, Jessica Larsen, and Jim Vallance are on Unalaska Island, staying in Unalaska / Dutch Harbor (one of the most productive fishing ports in the world), studying the geology of Makushin volcano. Makushin is an active volcano and last produced a small eruption in 1995. More information on Makushin here. Jessica is sending daily notes back from the field - pictures will follow when she has a more robust internet connection.

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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY WEEKLY UPDATE
Friday, July 31, 2015 12:53 PM AKDT (Friday, July 31, 2015 20:53 UTC)


CLEVELAND VOLCANO (VNUM #311240)
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Over the past few days, strongly elevated surface temperatures at Cleveland's summit, observed in satellite images, indicate the likely effusion of new lava in the summit crater. This follows the small explosion on July 21 that destroyed the dome that had formed after the last explosion, in November 2014.

A field crew working in the area has had limited observations of the summit due to clouds, but have reported no unusual activity.

No unusual seismicity related to the volcano has been detected over the past week.

Cleveland volcano forms the western portion of Chuginadak Island, a remote and uninhabited island in the east central Aleutians. The volcano is located about 75 km (45 mi) west of the community of Nikolski, and 1500 km (940 mi) southwest of Anchorage. The most recent significant period of eruption began in February, 2001 and produced 3 explosive events that generated ash clouds as high as 39,000 ft above sea level. The 2001 eruption also produced a lava flow and hot avalanche that reached the sea. Since then, Cleveland has been intermittently active producing small lava flows, often followed by explosions that generate small ash clouds generally below 20,000 ft above sea level. These explosions also launch debris onto the slopes of the cone producing hot pyroclastic avalanches and lahars that sometimes reach the coastline.

SHISHALDIN VOLCANO (VNUM #311360)
54°45'19" N 163°58'16" W, Summit Elevation 9373 ft (2857 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Low-level eruptive activity in the summit crater continues. Seismicity remained above background over the past week, and consisted of volcanic tremor and some discrete events. No elevated surface temperatures were detected by satellite, but during times of clear weather vigourous steam plumes were seen in webcam and satellite images, extending several miles from the volcano's summit.

Shishaldin volcano, located near the center of Unimak Island in the eastern Aleutian Islands, is a spectacular symmetric cone with a base diameter of approximately 16 km (10 mi). A 200-m-wide (660 ft) funnel-shaped summit crater typically emits a steam plume and occasional small amounts of ash. Shishaldin is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian volcanic arc, with at least 54 episodes of unrest including over 24 confirmed eruptions since 1775. Most eruptions are relatively small, although the April-May 1999 event generated an ash column that reached 45,000 ft above sea level.

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Other Alaska volcanoes show no signs of significant unrest: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/

AVO scientists conduct daily checks of earthquake activity at all seismically-monitored volcanoes, examine web camera and satellite images for evidence of airborne ash and elevated surface temperatures, and consult other monitoring data as needed.

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