ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:18 AM AKST (Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 16:18 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
An explosive eruption of Bogoslof began at 04:53 AKST (13:53 UTC) this morning as shown in seismic data and by lightning detection. A volcanic cloud was observed in satellite data beginning at 5:00 AKST (14:00 UTC). Subsequent images show the volcanic cloud moving towards the east. The cloud is ice-rich, but likely contains volcanic ash. The cloud height was initially estimated at 30 to 35,000 feet (9.1 to 10.7 km) above sea level, but subsequent satellite images show transport at about 25,000 feet (7.6 km) above sea level.
Status of the ash cloud can be found at the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit website at http://aawu.arh.noaa.gov/
A trace amount of volcanic ash fallout is possible at Unalaska/Dutch Harbor.
The Aviation Color Code remains at RED and the Alert Level remains at 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.
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