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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY

Weekly Update

Friday, February 23, 2007 12:40 PM AKST (2140 UTC)




CLEVELAND VOLCANO (CAVW#1101-24-)

52°49'20" N169°56'42" W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Current Volcanic Activity Alert Level: Advisory



On February 21, a two pixel thermal anomaly was seen at Cleveland's summit in satelite data. There is no clear evidence of ash emission or other erupive activity related to this thermal anomaly. No further indication of activity was seen in partly cloudy satelite images this morning.



The lack of a real-time seismic network at Cleveland means that AVO is unable to track local earthquake activity related to volcanic unrest. Short-lived explosions with ash plumes that could exceed 20,000 ft above sea level can occur without warning and may go undetected on satellite imagery.



FOURPEAKED VOLCANO (CAVW#1102-26-)

58°46'9" N153°40'26" W, Summit Elevation 6903 ft (2104 m)

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Current Volcanic Activity Alert Level: Advisory



Elevated seismicity continues at Fourpeaked. On February 18 Fourpeaked had a small swarm of 13 locatable earthquakes. The largest was a M1.8. A gas flight on February 23 recorded continued output of SO2. Webcam images show continued steaming at Fourpeaked's summit. Nothing unusual was observed in satelite views.



The age of the last significant eruption at Fourpeaked is not known. Because geological investigations have been limited and ice covers much of the area, the sizes and styles of past eruptions are not well-constrained. However, the composition of the volcano indicates that eruptions can be explosive, possibly producing plumes that reach in excess of 33,000 ft above sea level and local ashfall.



KOROVIN VOLCANO (ATKA ISLAND) (CAVW#1101-16)

52°22'48" N174°9'22" W, Summit Elevation 5030 ft (1533 m)

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Current Volcanic Activity Alert Level: Advisory



Elevated seismic activity at Korovin continues. Satellite views were cloudy throughout the week. AVO has received no new visual reports of activity.



Korovin has erupted several times in the past 200 years, most recently in 1998. Eruptions typically produce minor amounts of ash and occasional, small lava flows. Ash plume heights could exceed 20,000 ft above sea level. Korovin occasionally produces large steam plumes from its summit.



VENIAMINOF VOLCANO (CAVW#1102-07-)

56°11'41" N159°23'24" W, Summit Elevation 8225 ft (2507 m)

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Current Volcanic Activity Alert Level: Advisory



Occasional low-level seismic activity continues at Veniaminof. Webcam views show consistent steaming at Veniaminof's cone throughout the week. Partly cloudy satelite images showed no activity.



Short-lived, very small-volume steam and ash bursts from the intracaldera cone have been common over the past few years. Ash from these events is not likely to extend beyond the caldera rim. There are no indications that a larger eruption is imminent.



OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES



Seismic activity is monitored in real time at 30 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, Spurr, Redoubt, Iliamna, Augustine, Snowy, Griggs, Katmai, Novarupta, Trident, Mageik, Martin, Peulik, Ukinrek Maars, Aniakchak, Pavlof, Dutton, Isanotski, Shishaldin, Fisher, Westdahl, Akutan, Makushin, Okmok, Great Sitkin, Kanaga, Tanaga, and Gareloi volcanoes are at Aviation Color Code GREEN and Volcanic Activity Alert Level NORMAL. 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.



Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcanic activity alert levels.



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, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI

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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