Printer friendly versionAVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice
Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL
Previous Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN
Previous Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 11:31 AM AKDT
Alaska Volcano Observatory
N 55 deg 25 min W 161 deg 53 min
8261 ft (2518 m)
Volcanic Activity Summary: Since mid June, 2017, unrest at Pavlof Volcano has gradually declined to levels now considered as normal background, non-eruptive behavior. The March 2016 eruption changed the configuration of the summit crater, such that it is slightly wider and has a more vertical orientation than before the 2016 eruption. Since then, the volcano has remained relatively quiet, although there was a brief period of elevated seismicity in early June, 2017 that resulted in AVO raising the Aviation Color Code to Yellow and the Alert Level to Advisory where it has remained until today.
Many satellite views of the summit are now able to detect elevated surface temperatures within the crater and upper part of the volcanic conduit most likely associated with the emission of hot gases. This is now considered the normal thermal state of the volcano. Occasional emission of vapor plumes from the summit crater, sometimes visible from Cold Bay and Sand Point, is now relatively common. These emissions are also considered normal background behavior for Pavlof Volcano. On the basis of these observations, and the lack of any noteworthy seismic activity for the past several months, we are lowering the Aviation Color Code to Green and the Alert Level to Normal.
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Pavlof Volcano is a snow- and ice-covered stratovolcano located on the southwestern end of the Alaska Peninsula about 953 km (592 mi) southwest of Anchorage. The volcano is about 7 km (4.4 mi) in diameter and has active vents on the north and east sides close to the summit. With over 40 historic eruptions, it is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc. Eruptive activity is generally characterized by sporadic Strombolian lava fountaining continuing for a several-month period. Ash plumes as high as 49,000 ft ASL have been generated by past eruptions of Pavlof, and during the March 2016 eruption, ash plumes as high as 40,000 feet above sea level were generated and the ash was tracked in satellite data as distant as eastern Canada. The nearest community, Cold Bay, is located 60 km (37 miles) to the southwest of Pavlof.
Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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Jeff Freymueller, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
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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.