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AVO VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 11:51 AM AKST (Saturday, January 26, 2019, 20:51 UTC)


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

Persistent clouds obscured views of the summit region in satellite images over the past 24 hours. No significant earthquakes were detected, although both local seismic stations went offline overnight. Lava dome growth first observed in the summit crater on January 12 may be continuing.

The last explosion at Cleveland occurred on January 9. Growth of a new lava dome since then may increase the likelihood of explosive activity at the volcano. Most explosions have a short duration and only present a hazard to aviation in the immediate vicinity of the volcano. Larger explosions that present a more widespread hazard to aviation are possible, but less likely and/or frequent.

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. Both seismic stations and the local infrasound network went offline about 12 hours ago, but AVO continues monitoring for signs of eruptive activity with regional instruments and satellite data.


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

Seismic tremor at Veniaminof remains at low levels. No activity including thermal anomalies were observered in partly cloudy web camera and satellite imagery over the past 24 hours. Eruptive activity consisting of lava effusion and/or ash emissions could resume at any time without significant seismic precursors.

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 a more significant explosive eruption. AVO combines seismic, infrasound, lightning, and satellite data for rapid detection of such events.


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

A few small local earthquakes were observed in the past 24 hours. No explosive activity was detected on a regional infrasound array on Adak Island. Cloudy conditions obscured views of the summit in web camera and satellite imagery over the past 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.


OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

Jessica Larsen, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
jflarsen@alaska.edu (907) 322-4085

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