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: YELLOW
Friday, June 17, 2016, 11:01 AM AKDT
Alaska Volcano Observatory
N 55 deg 25 min W 161 deg 53 min
8261 ft (2518 m)
Volcanic Activity Summary: Pavlof Volcano has returned to its normal background state following a short eruptive period in mid May. Minor ash emissions were last observed on May 16, and since then the volcano has gradually returned to a quiescent status and now shows no signs of unrest. Seismic activity has returned to background levels and nothing unusual has been observed in satellite and web camera data since mid May. Consequently, AVO is lowering the Aviation Color Code to GREEN and the Volcano Alert Level to NORMAL.
Pauses in eruptive activity lasting for weeks to months have occurred during past eruptive episodes of Pavlof Volcano. A return to robust eruptive activity remains an ongoing possibility and could occur with little or no signs of impending unrest. AVO will continue to monitor the volcano closely and planned field visits to the volcano over the next several months will restore equipment damaged by the May eruption to full operational capacity.
[Volcanic cloud height] Unknown
[Other volcanic cloud information] Unknown
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 March 2016 eruption, ash plumes as high as 40,000 feet above sea level were generated and the ash was tracked in satellite data as distant as eastern Canada. The nearest community, Cold Bay, is located 60 km (37 miles) to the southwest of Pavlof.
John Paskievitch, Acting Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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Jeff Freymueller,Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
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