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AVO VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 8:48 PM AKST (Monday, February 20, 2017, 05:48 UTC)


BOGOSLOF VOLCANO (VNUM #311300)
53°55'38" N 168°2'4" W, Summit Elevation 492 ft (150 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: RED

Following the series of short, explosive eruptions that started at 17:08 AKST this afternoon (02:08 February 20 UTC) and lasted until 17:45 AKST (02:45 February 20 UTC), seismicity and infrasound as detected on neighboring islands has been quiet.

Satellite images following the activity showed a volcanic plume extending about 100 miles (160 km) to the southeast over Unalaska Island and the Pacific Ocean. The plume was visible in images through 19:00 AKST (04:00 February 20 UTC). AVO geologists on Unalaska Island described the cloud has having a white upper portion and a slightly darker lower portion.

Bogoslof volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition. Additional explosions producing high-altitude volcanic clouds could occur at any time. Low-level explosive activity that is below our ability to detect in our data sources may be occurring. These low-level explosions could pose a hazard in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.

The Aviation Color Code remains at RED and the Alert Level remains at WARNING.


Status of the ash cloud forecast can be found at the National Weather Service Alaska Aviation Weather Unit website at http://aawu.arh.noaa.gov/

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Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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Jeff Freymueller, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
jfreymueller@alaska.edu (907) 322-4085

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