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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY


Weekly Update


Friday, October 5, 2007 2:35 PM AKDT (2235 UTC)




AUGUSTINE VOLCANO (CAVW#1103-01-)

59°21'45" N153°26'6" W, Summit Elevation 4134 ft (1260 m)

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Current Volcano Alert Level: Advisory



Shallow, low-level seismic activity persisted at Augustine throughout the week. Web camera and satellite images of the volcano were mostly cloudy. Occasional clear views showed normal steaming from the summit area.



AVO continues to monitor Augustine Volcano closely. Detected earthquakes could cause some disruption of the 2006 summit lava dome. Small rock avalanches could occur on the flanks of the volcano. This renewed seismicity at Augustine may reflect adjustments within the cooling 2006 lava dome.



PAVLOF VOLCANO (CAVW#1102-03-)

55°24'57" N161°53'24" W, Summit Elevation 8261 ft (2518 m)

Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN

Current Volcano Alert Level: Normal



The current eruption at Pavlof ended on September 13 and no lava or ash emission has occurred since that time. AVO lowered the aviation color code and volcano alert level to GREEN and NORMAL this morning. There will be no further updates on Pavlof unless conditions change.



Rockfalls and small avalanches of debris on the southeast flank of the volcano may continue intermittently. Drainages leading away from the south flank of Pavlof are susceptible to small lahars or mudflows as long as hot material remains high on the slopes of the volcano where it could mix with ice and snow.



Pavlof has, in past eruptions, resumed eruptive activity after pauses as long as 55 days, and AVO continues to monitor the volcano closely for signs of renewed activity. We expect hours to days of increased seismicity prior to a return to eruption.



CLEVELAND VOLCANO (CAVW#1101-24-)

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

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Current Volcano Alert Level: Advisory



No evidence of volcanic activity was noted in satellite imagery this past week. The AVO web camera is temporarily inoperative.



AVO continues to monitor Cleveland Volcano closely with satellite imagery as weather allows. 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 of ash that could exceed 20,000 ft above sea level can occur without warning and may go undetected on satellite imagery.



OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES



Seismic activity is monitored in real time at 31 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, Fourpeaked, Snowy, Griggs, Katmai, Novarupta, Trident, Mageik, Martin, Peulik, Ukinrek Maars, Aniakchak, Veniaminof, Pavlof, Dutton, Isanotski, Shishaldin, Fisher, Westdahl, Akutan, Makushin, Okmok, Korovin, Great Sitkin, Kanaga, Tanaga, and Gareloi volcanoes are at Aviation Color Code GREEN and Volcano 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 volcano 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



Jessica Larsen, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAF

faust@gi.alaska.edu (907) 474-7992



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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