Printer friendly versionALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:40 PM AKST (240 UTC)
59.3633°N 153.4333°W, Summit Elevation 4134 ft (1260 m)
Current Level of Concern Color Code: ORANGE
Flights today to measure gas, make visual observations, and collect thermal imagery were successful. Results will be available tomorrow. The on-island web camera was repaired today and shows that the volcano continues to steam profusely. Due to power constraints however, new images will be available roughly three times per day.
Seismicity at Augustine Volcano remains at low levels, but is still above background. Periods of quiescence and low-level seismicity during an eruptive phase are not unusual and have occurred during past eruptive episodes of Augustine in 1976 and 1986. The decline in seismicity at this time does not necessarily mean that explosive eruptions have ended and they could resume with little or no warning.
Satellite views of the volcano today show faint thermal anomalies. AVO is monitoring the situation closely and the observatory is staffed 24/7.
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
Tom Murray, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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John Eichelberger, Coordinating Scientist, UAF-GI
email@example.com (907) 474-5530 OR (907) 590-8247
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.