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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

INFORMATION RELEASE

Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:20 AM AKDT (19:20 UTC)




CLEVELAND VOLCANO (CAVW #1101-24)

52°49’N 169°57’W, Summit Elevation 5,674 ft (1,730 m)

Previous Level of Concern Color Code: Yellow

Current Level of Concern Color Code: Not Assigned



(Note: Cleveland volcano does not have a real-time seismic network; volcanoes without seismic networks are not assigned a color code of Green because without the seismic data, AVO has no definitive information that the level of activity of the volcano is at background)



AVO is lowering the color code for Cleveland volcano from Yellow to "Not Assigned". The last evidence of activity at Cleveland was a thermal feature seen in a satellite image August 11. Since then AVO has had several good satellite views of the volcano, but no evidence of further activity has been seen. Also, we have not received any pilot reports of activity. AVO moved Cleveland to color code Yellow on July 7 when satellite images showed increased heat flow, thin ash deposits, and possible debris flows extending down the volcano’s flanks.



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. Historical eruptions at Cleveland volcano have been characterized by short-lived explosive bursts of ash, at times accompanied by lava fountaining, lava flows, and debris flows down the flanks. In February, 2001, Cleveland had 3 explosive events that produced ash clouds as high as 12 km (39,000 ft) above sea level. That eruption also produced a rubbly lava flow and hot avalanche that reached the sea.



ABBREVIATED COLOR CODE KEY (contact AVO for complete description):



GREEN volcano is dormant; normal seismicity and fumarolic activity occurring

YELLOW volcano is restless; eruption may occur

ORANGE volcano is in eruption or eruption may occur at any time

RED significant eruption is occurring or explosive eruption expected at any time



VOLCANO INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET: http://www.avo.alaska.edu

RECORDING ON THE STATUS OF ALASKA'S VOLCANOES (907) 786-7478



CONTACT INFORMATION:



Tom Murray, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS

tlmurray@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497



Steve McNutt, Acting-Coordinating Scientist, UAF-GI

steve@giseis.alaska.edu (907) 474-7131



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].

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