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AVO VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 11:56 AM AKDT (Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 19:56 UTC)


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

Unrest is continuing at Bogoslof Volcano and a brief eruption occurred this morning. Elevated surface temperatures were observed in satellite images yesterday, along with a steam plume drifting south-southeast, suggesting the presence of lava at the surface. A change occurred at 04:05 AKDT (12:05 UTC) this morning with an explosive eruption that continued intermittently until about 05:55 AKDT (13:55 UTC). The eruption produced a volcanic cloud that reached to about 20,000 feet above sea level and drifted south-southeast, dissipating over the southern Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean area. Since about 05:55 AKDT (13:55 UTC), seismicity and infrasound as detected on neighboring islands has been quiet. Recent satellite data show a low-level plume, most likely steam, extending south about 30 miles beyond Bogoslof Island.

Bogoslof volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition. Activity can escalate quickly with explosions producing high-altitude (>15,000 ft) volcanic clouds with little to no detectable precursory activity. Some previous explosions have been preceded by an increase in earthquake activity that allowed for short-term forecasts of imminent significant explosive activity. Although we are able to detect energetic explosive activity in real-time, there can be a lag of tens of minutes until we can characterize the magnitude of the event and the altitude of the volcanic cloud. With existing data sources, AVO may not detect low-level unrest, including explosive activity. Such low-level periods of unrest and possible explosions could pose hazards near the volcano. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in effect over the volcano. Please see http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html for the status of the TFR.

AVO has no ground-based volcano monitoring equipment on Bogoslof volcano. We continue to monitor volcanic activity with satellite images, seismic and infrasound instruments on nearby islands, and lightning data from the Worldwide Lightning Location Network.


CLEVELAND VOLCANO (VNUM #311240)
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Unrest continues at Cleveland Volcano. Elevated surface temperatures were observed in mostly cloudy satellite images over the past day, and a small vapor plume was visible above the summit in relatively clear web camera images this morning. No unusual seismicity or airwave signals in infrasound data have been detected over the past day.

Cleveland volcano is monitored with a limited real-time seismic network, which inhibits AVO's ability to detect precursory unrest that may lead to an explosive eruption. Rapid detection of an ash-producing eruption may be possible using a combination of seismic, infrasound, lightning, and satellite data.


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CONTACT INFORMATION:

Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
mcoombs@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

Jeff Freymueller, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
jfreymueller@alaska.edu (907) 322-4085


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