Printer friendly versionALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
Monday, February 6, 2006 4:55 PM AKST (155 UTC)
52.8232°N 169.9431°W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Level of Concern Color Code: ORANGE
Previous Level of Concern Color Code: RED
AVO is downgrading the level of concern color code for Cleveland Volcano from Red to ORANGE. An ash cloud was detected in AVHRR satellite data this morning beginning at 7:57AM AKST (1657 UTC) and an image obtained at 9:00AM AKST (1800 UTC) showed a small ash cloud approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) ESE of Cleveland Volcano. Ash was last visible in AVHRR satellite data at 1:41 PM AKST (2241 UTC) and by then the ash had largely dissipated and was about 350 km south east of the volcano. AVO has received no information of additional ash emissions.
Note: Cleveland volcano does not have a real-time seismic network and therefore we are unable to monitor seismic changes; AVO has no definitive information about background activity.
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
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