Printer friendly versionAVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice
Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL
Previous Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN
Previous Aviation Color Code: YELLOWIssued:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:39 PM AKDT (20140730/2239Z)Source:
Alaska Volcano ObservatoryNotice Number:
N 55 deg 25 min W 161 deg 53 minElevation:
8261 ft (2518 m)Area:
Alaska Peninsula AlaskaVolcanic Activity Summary
: The eruption of Pavlof Volcano has ended, and the volcano has returned to its background state. Lava fountaining was last observed at Pavlof in mid-June, and the volcano has exhibited gradually declining levels of unrest since that time. Seismic data are now at background levels. Consequently, AVO is lowering the Aviation Color Code to GREEN
and the Volcano Alert Level to NORMAL.
Rockfalls and small avalanches of debris may occur intermittently on the north-northwest flank of the volcano. Drainages leading away from the north flank of Pavlof are susceptible to small lahars and minor floods as long as hot material remains high on the slopes of the volcano where it could mix with ice and snow.
Pavlof has, in past eruptions, resumed activity after pauses as long as 55 days, and AVO continues to monitor the volcano closely for signs of renewed activity. We expect hours to days of increased seismicity prior to a resumption of eruptive activity. Recent Observations:
[Other volcanic cloud information] None
[Volcanic cloud height] None observed.Remarks
: Pavlof Volcano is a snow- and ice-covered stratovolcano located on the southwestern end of the Alaska Peninsula about 953 km (592 mi) southwest of Anchorage. The volcano is about 7 km (4.4 mi) in diameter and has active vents on the north and east sides close to the summit. With over 40 historic eruptions, it is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc. Eruptive activity is generally characterized by sporadic Strombolian lava fountaining continuing for a several-month period. Ash plumes as high as 49,000 ft ASL have been generated by past eruptions of Pavlof, and during the 2013 eruption, ash plumes as high as 27,000 feet above sea level extending as much as 500 km (310 mi) beyond the volcano were generated. The nearest community, Cold Bay, is located 60 km (37 miles) to the southwest of Pavlof. Contacts:
Matt Haney, Acting Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
firstname.lastname@example.org (907) 786-7497
Jessica Larsen, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
email@example.com (907) 322-4085Next Notice:
A new VAN will be issued if conditions change significantly or alert levels are modified. While a VAN is in effect, regularly scheduled updates are posted at
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