Printer friendly versionALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
Friday, June 10, 2005 11:15 AM AKDT (19:15 UTC)
MOUNT SPURR VOLCANO
61°18' N 152°15' W, Summit Elevation 11,070 ft (3,374 m)
Current Level of Concern Color Code: YELLOW
Elevated levels of seismicity continue to be recorded at Mount Spurr, with more than 30 small (< M1.5) earthquakes located last week. Also last week, several short episodes of very low amplitude volcanic tremor were recorded. No unusual activity was observed in cloudy to partly cloudy satellite and web camera images this past week. A small steam plume is occasionally visible above the summit crater at Spurr. Conditions do not indicate that an eruption is imminent.
Weather permitting, next week marks the beginning of summer field work at Mount Spurr. Planned work includes geologic mapping and sampling, deployment of a 12 station network of broadband seismometers (to be left in operation throughout the summer), Global Position Systems (GPS) measurements on the volcano's flanks to look for signs of inflation, and general maintenance of existing instruments. An overflight on Wednesday revealed favorable snow conditions for field work, but because of low clouds, summit observations were not possible.
Gases emitted by Spurr and Crater Peak may be hazardous to recreational visitors. Skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, and pilots (especially those landing near the summit area) will find information regarding proximal hazards online at: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Spurr.php
Mount Spurr volcano is an ice- and snow-covered stratovolcano located on the west side of Cook Inlet. The only known historical eruptions occurred in 1953 and 1992 from the Crater Peak flank vent located 3.5 km (2 mi) south of the summit of Mount Spurr. These eruptions were brief, explosive, and produced columns of ash that rose up to 20 km (65,000 ft) above sea level and deposited several mm of ash in south-central Alaska, including approximately 6 mm of ash on Anchorage in 1953. The last known eruption from the summit of Mount Spurr was more than 5,000 years ago. Primary hazards during future eruptions include far-traveled ash clouds, ash fall, pyroclastic flows, and lahars or mudflows that could inundate drainages all
sides of the volcano, but primarily on the south and east flanks.
OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES
Seismic activity is monitored in real time at 28 volcanoes in Alaska. Satellite images of all Alaskan volcanoes are analyzed daily for evidence of ash plumes and elevated surface temperatures. Some volcanoes may currently display anomalous behavior but are not considered to be at a dangerous level of unrest. Wrangell, Redoubt, Iliamna, Augustine, Snowy,
Griggs, Katmai, Novarupta, Trident, Mageik, Martin, Peulik, Aniakchak, Veniaminof, Pavlof, Dutton, Isanotski, Shishaldin, Fisher, Westdahl, Akutan, Makushin, Okmok, Great Sitkin, Kanaga, Tanaga, and Gareloi volcanoes are in color code GREEN. All are at or near normal levels of background seismicity. AVO did not detect ash plumes or significant elevated surface temperatures in the vicinity of any volcano.
ABBREVIATED COLOR CODE KEY (contact AVO for complete description):
GREEN volcano is dormant; normal seismicity and fumarolic activity
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org (907) 786-7497
John Eichelberger, Coordinating Scientist, UAF-GI, email@example.com (907) 474-5530
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.