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AVO VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION
(1) VOLCANO OBSERVATORY NOTICE FOR AVIATION (VONA)
(2) Issued: (20150115/2113Z)
(3) Volcano: Pavlof (VNUM #312030)
(4) Current Color Code: GREEN
(5) Previous Color Code: YELLOW
(6) Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory
(7) Notice Number: 2015/A1
(8) Volcano Location: N 55 deg 25 min W 161 deg 53 min
(9) Area: Alaska Peninsula
(10) Summit Elevation: 8261 ft (2518 m)
(11) Volcanic Activity Summary: Pavlof Volcano has returned to its background state following its most recent eruption. Since late November, 2014, no lava or ash emissions have occurred at Pavlof Volcano and the volcano has exhibited gradually declining levels of unrest. Seismicity is now at background levels. Consequently, AVO is lowering the Aviation Color Code to GREEN and the Volcano Alert Level to NORMAL.

Rockfalls and small avalanches of debris may occur intermittently on the north-northwest flank of the volcano. Drainages leading away from the north flank of Pavlof are susceptible to small lahars and minor floods as long as hot material remains high on the slopes of the volcano where it could mix with ice and snow.

Pavlof has, in past eruptions, resumed activity after pauses as long as 55 days, and AVO continues to monitor the volcano closely for signs of renewed activity. We expect hours to days of increased seismicity prior to a resumption of eruptive activity.
(12) Volcanic cloud height: Unknown
(13) Other volcanic cloud information: Unknown
(14) Remarks: 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 2013 eruption, ash plumes as high as 27,000 feet above sea level extending as much as 500 km (310 mi) beyond the volcano were generated. The nearest community, Cold Bay, is located 60 km (37 miles) to the southwest of Pavlof.
(15) Contacts: John Power, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
jpower@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

Janet Schaefer, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
janet.schaefer@alaska.gov (907) 322-4085
(16) Next Notice: A new VAN will be issued if conditions change significantly or alert levels are modified. While a VAN is in effect, regularly scheduled updates are posted at
http://www.avo.alaska.edu

AVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice

Volcano: Pavlof (VNUM #312030)

Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL
Previous Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY

Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN
Previous Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Issued: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 12:13 PM AKST
Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory
Notice Number: 2015/A1
Location: N 55 deg 25 min W 161 deg 53 min
Elevation: 8261 ft (2518 m)
Area: Alaska Peninsula

Volcanic Activity Summary: Pavlof Volcano has returned to its background state following its most recent eruption. Since late November, 2014, no lava or ash emissions have occurred at Pavlof Volcano and the volcano has exhibited gradually declining levels of unrest. Seismicity is now at background levels. Consequently, AVO is lowering the Aviation Color Code to GREEN and the Volcano Alert Level to NORMAL.

Rockfalls and small avalanches of debris may occur intermittently on the north-northwest flank of the volcano. Drainages leading away from the north flank of Pavlof are susceptible to small lahars and minor floods as long as hot material remains high on the slopes of the volcano where it could mix with ice and snow.

Pavlof has, in past eruptions, resumed activity after pauses as long as 55 days, and AVO continues to monitor the volcano closely for signs of renewed activity. We expect hours to days of increased seismicity prior to a resumption of eruptive activity.


Recent Observations:
[Volcanic cloud height] Unknown
[Other volcanic cloud information] Unknown

Remarks: 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 2013 eruption, ash plumes as high as 27,000 feet above sea level extending as much as 500 km (310 mi) beyond the volcano were generated. The nearest community, Cold Bay, is located 60 km (37 miles) to the southwest of Pavlof.

Contacts: John Power, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
jpower@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

Janet Schaefer, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
janet.schaefer@alaska.gov (907) 322-4085

Next Notice: A new VAN will be issued if conditions change significantly or alert levels are modified. While a VAN is in effect, regularly scheduled updates are posted at
http://www.avo.alaska.edu


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