ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11:14 AM AKDT (Saturday, May 21, 2022, 19:14 UTC)
Clouds obscured views of the volcano over the past day, but elevated surface temperatures over the past week suggest lava effusion likely continues. No significant seismic activity was detected over the last day. It is possible that new explosive activity could occur with little or no warning.
Great Sitkin is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and remote infrasound and lightning networks.
Elevated surface temperatures were observed in satellite images over the last day consistent with a continued low-level eruption and effusion of short lava flows on the upper flank. Seismic tremor continues but no explosions or ash emissions were detected.
Small explosions associated with the current eruption could happen at any time and may be accompanied by small ash plumes within the immediate vicinity of the volcano. The level of unrest at Pavlof can change quickly and the progression to more significant eruptive activity can occur with little or no warning.
Pavlof is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and remote infrasound and lightning networks.
Low-level eruptive activity continues. Clouds obscured satellite and web camera views of the volcano. Seismicity remains elevated with intermittent tremor. Several explosions were detected in seismic data over the last day.
Small eruptions producing minor ash deposits within the vicinity of the active north crater of Mount Cerberus and ash clouds usually under 10,000 ft (3 km) above sea level have characterized the recent activity. Small explosions and associated ash emissions may continue and could be difficult to detect, especially when thick cloud cover obscures the volcano.
Semisopochnoi is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and remote infrasound and lightning networks.
Clouds obscured views of the volcano. A sulfur dioxide plume extending 80 miles (130 km) west from the volcano was observed in satellite data over the last day. No significant seismic or infrasound activity was detected.
Episodes of lava effusion and explosions can occur without advance warning. Explosions from Cleveland are normally short duration and only present a hazard to aviation in the immediate vicinity of the volcano. Larger explosions that present a more widespread hazard to aviation are possible, but are less likely and occur less frequently.
When operational, Cleveland volcano is monitored by only two seismic stations, which restricts AVO's ability to precisely locate earthquakes and detect precursory unrest that may lead to an explosive eruption. Rapid detection of an ash-producing eruption may be possible using a combination of seismic, infrasound, lightning, and satellite data.
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