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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 7:25 AM AKST (Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 16:25 UTC)


BOGOSLOF VOLCANO (VNUM #311300)
53°55'38" N 168°2'4" W, Summit Elevation 492 ft (150 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: RED

The strong explosive activity of Bogoslof volcano that began at 5:20 UTC on 31 January (20:20 AKST on 30 January) has greatly subsided or ended. Seismic activity, infrasound signals, and lightning related to strong ash emissions are no longer being detected. No additional signs of ash emissions have been observed in satellite data although a drifting ash cloud is still observed SE of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor at an altitude of 25,000 feet above sea level. Trace amounts of ashfall and a sulfur smell have been reported in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, 61 mi (98 km) from Bogoslof .

The SIGMET warning message for aviation, issued by the National Weather Service Alaska Aviation Weather Unit is currently in effect up to 25,000 ft above sea level. Status of the ash cloud forecast can be found at their website at http://aawu.arh.noaa.gov/

Bogoslof volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition. Additional explosions producing high-altitude volcanic clouds could occur at any time. The Aviation Color Code remains at RED and the Alert Level remains at WARNING.





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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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