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Friday, August 15, 2008, 4:13 PM AKDT (Saturday, August 16, 2008, 00:13 UTC)

52°10'9" N 175°30'41" W, Summit Elevation 1030 ft (314 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Eruptive activity at Kasatochi volcano has declined gradually over the past week. Seismic activity is still being detected by the AVO seismic network on Great Sitkin Island 25 miles to the west and the volcano remains in a restless condition and is still considered hazardous to approach. The volcanic ash cloud produced by the eruption last week has dissipated and is no longer detected anywhere over Alaska in satellite data. A volcanic gas and aerosol cloud from the eruption is still present over parts of North America and the North Atlantic region, but has been dispersed by the wind and no longer is a single intact cloud.

AVO has received no new information about ash emissions or activity from passing pilots or mariners this week. Strong sulfur smell was reported by residents of Atka village yesterday and is likely coming from Kasatochi. The volcano is still quite restless and renewed eruptive activity remains a possibility. Should activity at the volcano resume, it is possible for ash clouds, ash fallout, and pyroclastic flows to develop and these could be as large or larger than those associated with the eruption on August 7.

52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Eruptive activity at Cleveland Volcano has occurred throughout the week, although the volcano has been obscured by clouds for a good portion of the week making observations by satellite difficult or impossible. Thermal anomalies at the summit were observed earlier in the week and a small ash plume was observed on the morning of August 12, but nothing has been observed since then. AVO has received no additional information or observations about activity at Cleveland.

53°23'49" N 168°9'58" W, Summit Elevation 3520 ft (1073 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Eruptive activity continues at Okmok Volcano although the general intensity of the eruption has declined throughout the week. The seismic intensity and tremor duration are still above background levels suggesting that minor ash and steam emissions are still occurring.

The levels of seismicity observed throughout the week indicate that Okmok may be moving toward a less explosive phase within its current eruptive cycle. Though it remains possible for strong explosive eruptive activity to resume with little or no warning, the general trend of activity this week has been one of gradual decline.


Seismic activity is monitored in real time at 30 volcanoes in Alaska. Satellite images of all Alaskan volcanoes are analyzed daily for evidence of ash plumes and elevated surface temperatures. Some volcanoes may currently display anomalous behavior but are not considered to be at a dangerous level of unrest. Augustine, Iliamna, Redoubt, Wrangell, Gareloi, Great Sitkin, Makushin, Fisher, Shishaldin, Isanotski, Pavlof, Veniaminof, Ugashik-Peulik, Griggs, Snowy, Fourpeaked, Aniakchak, Tanaga, Kanaga, Akutan, Westdahl, Dutton, Ukinrek Maars, Martin, Mageik, Trident, Katmai, Novarupta, Spurr, and Korovin volcanoes are in color code GREEN and volcano alert level Normal. All are at or near normal levels of background seismicity. AVO did not detect ash plumes or significant elevated surface temperatures in the vicinity of any volcano.

Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels.

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Chris Waythomas, Acting Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
chris@usgs.gov, (907)786-7497

Jon Dehn, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
dehn@gi.alaska.edu (907) 474-6499

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