ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 8:28 AM AKST (Thursday, January 26, 2017, 17:28 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 eruption that began at 06:50 AKST (15:50 UTC) this morning produced a volcanic cloud that reached as high as 30,000 ft asl. The cloud was first observed in satellite at 07:00 AKST (16:00 UTC), and is now spreading towards the southeast at lower altitudes, and to the northeast at altitudes above about 20,000 ft asl. The cloud is ice-rich, but likely contains volcanic ash. This event appears similar in size to others in the ongoing eruptive sequence.
The Aviation Color Code remains at RED and the Alert Level remains at WARNING.
Status of the ash cloud can be found at the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit website at http://aawu.arh.noaa.gov/
No ash fall is expected in Dutch Harbor/Unalaska.
Since the eruption, detected seismicity is back to low levels, though further activity could occur with little or no 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.
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Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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