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AVO VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1:12 PM AKDT (Saturday, September 22, 2018, 21:12 UTC)


SEMISOPOCHNOI VOLCANO (VNUM #311060)
51°55'44" N 179°35'52" E, Summit Elevation 2625 ft (800 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Unrest continues at Semisopochnoi volcano. Seismicity remains elevated, alternating between periods of continuous and intermittent bursts of tremor. Tremor bursts yesterday at 21:19 UCT (13:19 local) and today at 18:34 UTC (10:34 local) produced airwaves detected on a regional infrasound array on Adak Island. No volcanic activity was observed in cloudy satellite data around these times or in other imagery over the past day. A low cloud ceiling during this morning’s event suggest that ash emissions, if they occurred, remained below 7000 ft asl. The infrasound detections likely reflect a recent change in atmospheric conditions facilitating airwave propagation between Semisopochnoi and Adak, rather than a change in volcanic activity.

Semisopochnoi is monitored with an on-island seismic network, and remotely by satellite and lightning sensors. An infrasound array on Adak Island may detect explosive emissions from Semisopochnoi with a 13 minute delay if atmospheric conditions permit.


VENIAMINOF VOLCANO (VNUM #312070)
56°11'52" N 159°23'35" W, Summit Elevation 8225 ft (2507 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Eruption of a lava flow from Veniaminof volcano's summit cone continues, as indicated by continued observations of elevated seismic activity, incandescence in nighttime webcam images, and elevated surface temperatures in thermal satellite data. No significant ash emissions have been observed.

Veniaminof Volcano is monitored with a local real-time seismic network, which will typically allow AVO to detect changes in unrest that may lead to an explosive eruption. Rapid detection of an ash-producing eruption would be accomplished using a combination of seismic, infrasound, lightning, and satellite data.


GREAT SITKIN VOLCANO (VNUM #311120)
52°4'35" N 176°6'39" W, Summit Elevation 5709 ft (1740 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Low-level unrest continues at Great Sitkin Volcano. Seismicity activity remains elevated. Nothing significant was observed in regional infrasound data or cloudy satellite images during the last 24 hours.

Great Sitkin Volcano is monitored with a local real-time seismic network, which will typically allow AVO to detect changes in unrest that may lead to an explosive eruption. Rapid detection of an ash-producing eruption would be accomplished using a combination of seismic, infrasound, lightning, and satellite data.


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

Low-level unrest continues at Cleveland Volcano. Elevated surface temperatures were observed in satellite images, and a steam plume was observed in web camera images. No significant activity has been detected in seismic or infrasound data.

Cleveland volcano is monitored by only two seismic stations, which restricts 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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Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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