ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, December 31, 2016, 12:10 AM AKST (Saturday, December 31, 2016, 09:10 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
The explosive event that started last night (Dec 30) around 22:30 AKST (07:30 UTC Dec 31) likely lasted less than 30 minutes on the basis of the duration of lightning strikes and seismic data. The resulting volcanic cloud has not been observed above the high regional cloud deck, which remains at about 30,000 ft asl. Winds from the south would have carried the cloud north over the Bering Sea.
Due to the unpredictability of the situation, the Aviation Color Code remains RED and the Volcano Alert Level WARNING.
AVO has no ground-based volcano monitoring equipment on Bogoslof volcano. We continue to monitor satellite images, data from distant seismic and infrasound instruments, and information from the Worldwide Lightning Location Network for indications of significant activity.
OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES
Other Alaska volcanoes show no signs of significant unrest: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/
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.
For definitions of Aviation Color Codes and Volcano Alert Levels, see: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php
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Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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Janet Schaefer, Acting Coordinating Scientist, DGGS
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