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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
Friday, February 28, 2003 11:30 AM AST (2030 UTC)
MT. VENIAMINOF VOLCANO (CAVW #1102-07)
56°10'N 159°23'W, Summit Cone Elevation 7,073 ft (2,156 m)
Current Level of Concern Color Code: YELLOW
Elevated seismic activity at Mt. Veniaminof volcano continues. During the past week, discrete seismic events occurred at a rate of about 1-2 events per minute. Based on this seismicity, low-level steaming and minor ash-emissions may occur at any time. Clouds obscured the volcano and no new satellite images were collected this week.
AVO will continue to monitor the situation closely, and will issue further updates as information becomes available.
Mt. Veniaminof volcano is an andesitic stratovolcano with an ice-filled, 10-km diameter summit caldera located on the Alaska Peninsula, 775 km (480 mi) southwest of Anchorage and 35 km (22 mi) north of Perryville. Veniaminof is one of the largest and most active volcanoes in the Aleutian Arc and has erupted at least 12 times in the past 200 years. The most recent eruption occurred in 1993-95 and came from an intracaldera cinder and spatter cone in the northwest sector of the caldera. The eruption was Strombolian and characterized by intermittent, low-level emissions of steam and ash and production of a small lava flow that melted a pit in the caldera ice field. Previous historical eruptions have produced ash plumes that reached 6,000 m (20,000 ft) above sea level and ash fall that affected areas within about 40 km (25 mi) of the volcano.