ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 1:13 PM AKST (Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 22:13 UTC)
Minor steam emissions were seen in clear web camera views during the last 24 hours. Satellite images were mostly cloudy and no significant plumes were observed. Seismicity is above background levels but no noteworthy signals were detected in infrasound data.
Small eruptions producing minor ash deposits within the vicinity of the active north crater of Mount Cerberus and ash clouds usually under 10,000 ft (3 km) above sea level have characterized the recent activity and more ash-producing events could occur again with little warning.
Semisopochnoi volcano is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and regional infrasound and lightning networks.
Lava likely continued to erupt in the summit crater of Great Sitkin Volcano over the past day. Nothing significant was observed in cloudy satellite images. Web camera views were clear at times but nothing of note was seen. Seismicity at Great Sitkin was overall low during the last 24 hours.
Great Sitkin Volcano is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and regional infrasound and lightning networks.
No eruptive activity observed. Nothing significant was observed in partly cloudy satellite images over the past day. Web camera views were clear but showed nothing of note. Occasional small low frequency events were detected in seismic data during the last 24 hours.
Small explosions associated with the current eruption could happen at any time and may be accompanied by small ash plumes within the immediate vicinity of the volcano. The level of unrest at Pavlof Volcano can change quickly and the progression to more significant eruptive activity can occur with little or no warning.
Pavlof Volcano is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and regional infrasound and lightning networks.
The ongoing swarm near Takawangha volcano continued over the past day, but at a reduced rate of earthquakes. This activity may be due to the movement of magma beneath the volcano. No other signs of unrest were observed in partly cloudy satellite images.
Minor steaming at the summit of Mount Cleveland was seen in clear web camera views over the past day. Nothing significant was observed in mostly cloudy satellite images. No noteworthy seismic activity was detected during the last 24 hours.
Episodes of lava effusion and explosions can occur without advance warning. Explosions from Mount Cleveland are normally 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 are less likely and occur less frequently.
When the seismic network is operational, Mount Cleveland is monitored by only three local seismic stations, which restricts AVO's ability to precisely locate earthquakes and 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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