AVO Logo
Site Map | FAQ |
Alaska Volcano Observatory
Summary | Webcams | Webicorders | RSAM | Activity Notifications | Notification Search | Cleveland | Shishaldin | Pavlof 
You are here: Home > Current Volcanic Activity > Activity Notifications

VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATIONS

2014
November (24 reports)
October (26 reports)
September (26 reports)
August (26 reports)
July (27 reports)
June (26 reports)
May (26 reports)
April (26 reports)
March (28 reports)
February (24 reports)
January (26 reports)
2013
December (28 reports)
November (26 reports)
October (27 reports)
September (26 reports)
August (26 reports)
July (27 reports)
June (26 reports)
May (26 reports)
April (26 reports)
March (26 reports)
February (25 reports)
January (27 reports)
2012
December (27 reports)
November (25 reports)
October (27 reports)
September (26 reports)
August (26 reports)
July (27 reports)
June (25 reports)
May (27 reports)
April (25 reports)
March (25 reports)
February (24 reports)
January (3 reports)
2011
December (20 reports)
November (26 reports)
October (27 reports)
September (23 reports)
August (25 reports)
July (9 reports)
March (26 reports)
February (24 reports)
January (27 reports)
2010
December (26 reports)
November (26 reports)
October (26 reports)
September (24 reports)
August (4 reports)
June (9 reports)
May (4 reports)
April (6 reports)
January (4 reports)
2009
December (4 reports)
October (16 reports)
September (26 reports)
August (25 reports)
July (26 reports)
June (26 reports)
May (26 reports)
April (25 reports)
March (23 reports)
February (24 reports)
January (27 reports)
2008
December (27 reports)
November (26 reports)
October (26 reports)
September (27 reports)
August (28 reports)
July (26 reports)
June (26 reports)
May (26 reports)
April (29 reports)
March (31 reports)
February (29 reports)
January (31 reports)
2007

Older reports can be found here.

Report Text
Printer friendly version

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY WEEKLY UPDATE
Friday, November 28, 2014 11:57 AM AKST (Friday, November 28, 2014 20:57 UTC)


PAVLOF VOLCANO (VNUM #312030)
55°25'2" N 161°53'37" W, Summit Elevation 8261 ft (2518 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Seismicity at the volcano has remained at low levels over the past week. Only faint thermal features at the summit have been observed in satellite data and are consistent with cooling lava emplaced a few weeks ago. As a result of the lack of evidence for ongoing eruptive activity, AVO lowered the Aviation Color Code and Volcano Alert Level to Yellow/Advisory on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Pauses in vigorous eruptive activity of days to weeks are common during eruptive episodes of Pavlof Volcano, and a return to more robust eruptive activity remains possible and could occur with little or no warning.

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.

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

After a period of robust seismicity earlier this week, seismic activity has declined to a lower, but still elevated level over the past few days. No ash plumes have been observed or detected in satellite images throughout the past week. At times of good viewing conditions, prominent thermal signals have been evident in satellite data, although relatively clear views this morning showed only faint thermal features at the summit of Shishaldin. Although the level of seismic activity has declined during the week, it is likely that a low-level lava eruption is ongoing within the summit crater of the volcano.

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.

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

Satellite views of Cleveland Volcano have been mostly obscured by clouds over the past week. In a few clear views of the summit earlier this week, a small mound of lava was observed in the crater that may have corresponded with the appearance of a faint thermal signal in satellite data. Seismicity has been at low levels throughout 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.

OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES

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.

For definitions of Aviation Color Codes and Volcano Alert Levels, see: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALASKA VOLCANOES: http://www.avo.alaska.edu

SUBSCRIBE TO VOLCANO ALERT MESSAGES by email: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vns/

FOLLOW AVO ON FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/alaska.avo

FOLLOW AVO ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/alaska.avo

CONTACT INFORMATION:
John Paskievitch, Acting Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
jpaskie@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

Jeff Freymueller, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
jeff.freymueller@gi.alaska.edu (907) 322-4085

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.
VOLCANO ALERT LEVELS
NORMAL
Volcano is in typical background, noneruptive state or, after a change from a higher level, volcanic activity has ceased and volcano has returned to noneruptive background state.
ADVISORY
Volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level or, after a change from a higher level, volcanic activity has decreased significantly but continues to be closely monitored for possible renewed increase.
WATCH
Volcano is exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, timeframe uncertain, OR eruption is underway but poses limited hazards.
WARNING
Hazardous eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected.
AVIATION COLOR CODES
GREEN
Volcano is in typical background, noneruptive state or, after a change from a higher level, volcanic activity has ceased and volcano has returned to noneruptive background state.
YELLOW
Volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level or, after a change from a higher level, volcanic activity has decreased significantly but continues to be closely monitored for possible renewed increase.
ORANGE
Volcano is exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, timeframe uncertain, OR eruption is underway with no or minor volcanic-ash emissions [ash-plume height specified, if possible].
RED
Eruption is imminent with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere likely OR eruption is underway or suspected with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere [ash-plume height specified, if possible].
Contact AVO Privacy Accessibility Information Quality FOIA
URL: avo.alaska.edu/activity/avoreport.php
Page modified: May 16, 2014 09:40
Contact Information: AVO Web Team

twitter @alaska_avo
facebook alaska.avo
email Receive volcano updates by email: USGS VNS