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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 6:56 AM AKST (Saturday, February 18, 2017, 15:56 UTC)
53°55'38" N 168°2'4" W,
Summit Elevation 492 ft (150 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Following the explosive eruption that occurred at about 05:00 AKST (14:00 UTC) this morning, seismicity as detected on neighboring islands has been quiet, no lightning has been detected, and satellite images show no additional emission from the volcano.
Recent satellite images show the volcanic cloud that was produced during the event drifting southwest towards Umnak Island. Cloud temperature and trajectory are consistent with it being as high as 25,000 ft asl.
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. Low-level explosive activity that is below our ability to detect in our data sources may be occurring. These low-level explosions could pose a hazard in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.
The Aviation Color Code remains at RED and the Alert Level remains at WARNING.
Status of the ash cloud forecast can be found at the National Weather Service Alaska Aviation Weather Unit website at http://aawu.arh.noaa.gov/
No ash fall is expected on communities at this time.
OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES
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AVO scientists conduct daily checks of earthquake activity at all seismically-monitored volcanoes, examine web camera and satellite images for evidence of airborne ash and elevated surface temperatures, and consult other monitoring data as needed.
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Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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Jeff Freymueller, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
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