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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE

U.S. Geological Survey

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 12:01 PM AKST (Saturday, January 28, 2017, 21:01 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




Highly elevated unrest continues at Bogoslof volcano. No significant explosions since the event on Friday at 08:24 AKST (17:24 UTC). Several brief periods of volcanic tremor were observed over the past day, but no evidence of explosive activity in other data sources or in satellite images. It is likely that low-level explosive activity is occurring that is below our ability to detect in our data sources. These low-level explosions could pose a hazard in the immediate vicinity of the volcano. This level of activity is consistent with Aviation Color Code ORANGE and Volcano Alert Level WATCH.



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. Some 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 is typically a lag of tens of minutes until we can characterize the magnitude of the event and the altitude of the volcanic cloud.



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








TAKAWANGHA VOLCANO

(VNUM #311090)


51°52'1" N 178°1'37" W,
Summit Elevation 4754 ft (1449 m)


Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW




The energetic earthquake swarm on Tanaga Island that began on January 24, 2017 is ongoing but at a greatly decreased rate and intensity. No volcanic activity has been detected at the volcano in 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




No surficial activity observed in satellite images during periods of clear weather over the past day. Web camera views of the volcano were obscured by low clouds. No significant activity observed in seismic or pressure sensor data during the past day.







PAVLOF VOLCANO

(VNUM #312030)


55°25'2" N 161°53'37" W,
Summit Elevation 8261 ft (2518 m)


Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW




No significant activity detected in seismic or pressure sensor data during the past day. No surficial activity observed in satellite images during periods of clear weather over the past day. Minor and typical steaming from the summit crater observed in the FAA web camera in Cold Bay this morning.



The degree of unrest at Pavlof can change quickly. A return to eruptive activity can occur with with little or no warning.









OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES



Other Alaska volcanoes show no signs of significant unrest: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/



AVO scientists conduct daily checks of earthquake activity at all seismically-monitored volcanoes, examine web camera and satellite images for evidence of airborne ash and elevated surface temperatures, and consult other monitoring data as needed.



For definitions of Aviation Color Codes and Volcano Alert Levels, see: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php



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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



The Alaska Volcano Observatory is a cooperative program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.