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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

WEEKLY UPDATE

Friday, November 11, 2005 1:35 PM AKST (2235 UTC)




SPURR VOLCANO (CAVW#1103-04-)

61.2994°N 152.2511°W, Summit Elevation 11070 ft (3374 m)

Current Level of Concern Color Code: YELLOW



The level of seismic activity at Mount Spurr volcano remains above background, at a rate of several small earthquakes per day. Steaming from the summit region was observed in clear web camera views for much of the week. We expect steaming to continue. Clear to partly cloudy web camera and satellite views have shown no other unusual activity. There are no indications that an eruption is imminent.



Mount Spurr volcano is an ice- and snow-covered stratovolcano located on the west side of Cook Inlet approximately 120 km (75 mi) west of Anchorage. 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 on all sides of the volcano, but primarily on the south and east flanks.



CLEVELAND VOLCANO (CAVW#1101-24-)

52.8232°N 169.9431°W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)

Current Level of Concern Color Code: YELLOW



Clouds obscured satellite views of Cleveland for most of the past week. Thermal anomalies at the summit were last detected over the weekend of November 5 and 6. No ash has been detected since a brief ash burst that rose no higher than 4,600 m (15,000 ft) ASL on October 7. No reports of activity have been received from pilots or ground-based observers. Based on the past eruptive activity at Cleveland, occasional ash emissions may occur with little warning. Cleveland is not monitored with seismic instruments and our only means of ash detection at this time is from satellite data or eyewitness observations.



Cleveland volcano forms the western half of Chuginadak Island, a remote and uninhabited island in the east central Aleutians. It is located about about 75 km (45 mi.) west of the community of Nikolski, and 1500 km (940 mi.) southwest of Anchorage. The volcano's most recent significant eruption began in February, 2001 and had 3 explosive events that produced ash clouds as high as 12 km (39,000 ft) above sea level. This eruption also produced a rubbly lava flow and hot avalanche that reached the sea. The most recent minor ash emissions were observed in July and October 2005.



TANAGA VOLCANO (CAVW#1101-08-)

51.885°N 178.1458°W, Summit Elevation 5925 ft (1806 m)

Current Level of Concern Color Code: YELLOW



Elevated seismic activity below young volcanic vents on Tanaga Island continues. Windy conditions prevailed for much of the past week, making detection of seismic signals difficult. During less windy periods, low-level volcanic tremor was detected at stations closest to Takawangha volcano, the easternmost vent of the Tanaga volcano cluster. Partly cloudy satellite views of the volcano showed nothing unusual.



Tanaga Island lies in the Andreanof Islands approximately 100 km (62 mi.) west of the community of Adak and 2025 km (1260 mi.) SW of Anchorage. The northern half of the island is home to the Tanaga volcanic complex, comprising three main volcanic edifices. Tanaga volcano is the tallest of these (1,806 m or 5,925 ft) and lies in the center of the complex. The last reported eruption of Tanaga occurred in 1914 and earlier eruptions were reported in 1763-1770, 1791, and 1829. Reports of these eruptions are vague, but deposits on the flanks of the volcano show that typical eruptions produce blocky lava flows and occasional ash clouds. Eruptions have occurred both from the summit vent and a 1,584 m (5,197 ft)-high satellite vent on the volcano's northeast flank. Immediately west of Tanaga volcano lies Sajaka, a 1,354 m (4,443 ft)-high compound edifice with an older cone to the east that collapsed into the sea within the last few thousand years, and a new cone that has grown in the breach. The new cone is 1,312 m (4,305 ft) high and consists of steeply dipping, interbedded cinders and thin, spatter-fed lava flows. To the east of Tanaga lies Takawangha, which is separated from the other active volcanic vents by a ridge of older rock. Takawangha's 1,449 m (4,754 ft)-high summit is mostly ice-covered, except for four young craters that have erupted ash and lava flows in the last few thousand years. No historical eruptions are known from Sajaka or Takawangha; however, field work shows that recent eruptions have occurred and it is possible that historic eruptions attributed only to Tanaga may instead have come from these other vents.



VENIAMINOF VOLCANO (CAVW#1102-07-)

56.1956°N 159.3883°W, Summit Elevation 8225 ft (2507 m)

Current Level of Concern Color Code: YELLOW



Very weak seismic tremor and a few small discrete seismic events were detected at the station closest to Veniaminof's active cone for most of this week. However, this seismic station stopped transmitting on Thursday and we can no longer see these weak signals for the time being. Other stations in the network continue to operate, and they show no indications of more energetic activity. No ash or steam plumes were detected in partly clear web camera and satellite views.



A low-level, minor ash emission was observed coming from the intracaldera cone of Mount Veniaminof on November 4. Occasional steaming from the intracaldera cone had also been observed during the two weeks prior to November 4. We expect that steam and ash emissions may continue intermittently and could pose a hazard to people and low-flying aircraft in the vicinity of the active cone. However, seismic data do not indicate that larger eruptions are imminent.



Mount Veniaminof volcano is an andesitic stratovolcano with an ice-filled 10-km diameter summit caldera located on the Alaska Peninsula, 775 km (480 mi) southwest of Anchorage and 35 km (22 mi) north of Perryville. Veniaminof is one of the largest (~ 300 km3) and most active volcanic centers in the Aleutian Arc and has erupted at least 13 times in the past 200 years. Recent significant eruptions of the volcano occurred in 1993-95 and 2005. Both were moderate Strombolian eruptions producing intermittent low-level jets of incandescent lava fragments, and low-level emissions of steam and ash from the main intracaldera cone. During the 1993-95 activity, a small lava flow was extruded into the summit caldera ice field producing an ice pit. Minor ash-producing explosions occurred in 2002, 2004, early 2005, and in recent weeks. Previous historical eruptions have produced ash plumes that reached 6,000 m (20,000 ft) above sea level and ash fallout that blanketed areas within about 40 km (25 mi) of the volcano.



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, Pavlof, Dutton, Isanotski, Shishaldin, Fisher, Westdahl, Akutan, Makushin, Okmok, Great Sitkin, Kanaga, 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 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



John Eichelberger, Coordinating Scientist, UAF-GI

eich@gi.alaska.edu (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.
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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