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AVO VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION
(1) VOLCANO OBSERVATORY NOTICE FOR AVIATION (VONA)
(2) Issued: (20170607/2303Z)
(3) Volcano: Pavlof (VNUM #312030)
(4) Current Color Code: YELLOW
(5) Previous Color Code: GREEN
(6) Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory
(7) Notice Number:
(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: Over the past several days, there has been an increase in low-frequency earthquake activity at Pavlof. Such increases are sometimes seen prior to eruptive episodes, however in other cases they decline without eruptive activity. In addition, several short duration tremor-bursts have been observed today, and AVO received a pilot report of a possible ash cloud this afternoon. Infrasound data from local instruments on Pavlof and from a more distant network in Sand Point do not show any evidence of significant explosive activity. Precursory activity prior to eruptions of Pavlof are always very subtle, thus, on the basis of these observations we are increasing the Aviation Color Code to Yellow and the Alert Level to Advisory.
(12) Volcanic cloud height: 4000 ft. Pilot report of possible ash cloud.
(13) Other volcanic cloud information: Possible cloud not coming from vent, but drifting downwind.
(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 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.
(15) Contacts: Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
mcoombs@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

Jessica Larsen, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAF
jflarsen@alaska.edu (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: ADVISORY
Previous Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL

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

Issued: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 3:03 PM AKDT
Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory
Notice Number:
Location: N 55 deg 25 min W 161 deg 53 min
Elevation: 8261 ft (2518 m)
Area: Alaska Peninsula

Volcanic Activity Summary: Over the past several days, there has been an increase in low-frequency earthquake activity at Pavlof. Such increases are sometimes seen prior to eruptive episodes, however in other cases they decline without eruptive activity. In addition, several short duration tremor-bursts have been observed today, and AVO received a pilot report of a possible ash cloud this afternoon. Infrasound data from local instruments on Pavlof and from a more distant network in Sand Point do not show any evidence of significant explosive activity. Precursory activity prior to eruptions of Pavlof are always very subtle, thus, on the basis of these observations we are increasing the Aviation Color Code to Yellow and the Alert Level to Advisory.

Recent Observations:
[Volcanic cloud height] 4000 ft. Pilot report of possible ash cloud.
[Other volcanic cloud information] Possible cloud not coming from vent, but drifting downwind.

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 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.

Contacts: Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
mcoombs@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

Jessica Larsen, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAF
jflarsen@alaska.edu (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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