Printer friendly versionALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY WEEKLY UPDATEFriday, March 4, 2011 11:05 AM AKST (Friday, March 4, 2011 20:05 UTC)CLEVELAND VOLCANO
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Weak thermal anomalies were observed in satellite images of Cleveland volcano on three days of this week. No reports of activity have been received.
Without a real-time seismic network on Cleveland volcano, AVO is unable to detect local earthquake activity related to volcanic unrest and cannot rely on seismic data to forecast possible eruptive activity. Brief explosive bursts in the summit vent may generate ash clouds that could rise more than 20,000 ft. above sea level and drift from the volcano with the prevailing winds. Without a seismic network in place, the only way to detect such ash clouds is to observe them in satellite imagery. Satellite images of Cleveland volcano are acquired about every two hours and most ash events would be detected by an automated alarm system. Small volume ash emissions occur frequently at Cleveland and do not necessarily mean a larger eruption is imminent. The last ash cloud we detected was on September 12, 2010. Weak thermal anomalies have been regularly observed in the summit crater for the past eight months through February 2011. AVO continues to monitor the volcano using satellite imagery, pilot reports, and local observations made by passing boats.
Cleveland volcano forms the western half of Chuginadak Island, a remote and uninhabited island in the east central Aleutians. It is located about 75 km (45 mi.) west of the community of Nikolski, and 1500 km (940 mi.) southwest of Anchorage. The volcano's most recent significant eruption began in February, 2001 and it produced 3 explosive events that produced ash clouds as high as 12 km (39,000 ft) above sea level. The 2001 eruption also produced a rubbly lava flow and hot avalanche that reached the sea.
Chris Waythomas, Acting Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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Steve McNutt, Coordinating Scientist, UAF
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The Alaska Volcano Observatory is a cooperative program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.