AVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice

Volcano: Aniakchak (VNUM #312090)

Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL
Previous Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY

Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN
Previous Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Issued: Thursday, August 17, 2023, 8:59 AM AKDT
Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory
Notice Number: 2023/A1278
Location: N 56 deg 54 min W 158 deg 12 min
Elevation: 4400 ft (1341 m)
Area: Alaska Peninsula

Volcanic Activity Summary:

The number of earthquakes beneath Aniakchak volcano and the measurable uplift of the ground surface in the caldera have declined to background levels. Due to these changes, the Alaska Volcano Observatory is lowering the Aviation Color Code to GREEN and the Volcano Alert Level to NORMAL. There have been no signs of unrest in other monitoring data. 

AVO monitors Aniakchak with a local network, which consists of six seismometers, a web camera, and a single infrasound sensor, as well as satellite remote sensing data and regional infrasound and lightning networks. To view current monitoring data, see 

Recent Observations:
[Volcanic cloud height] none
[Other volcanic cloud information] none

Hazard Analysis:
[General hazards] none
[Ash cloud] none


Aniakchak volcano, located in the central portion of the Alaska Peninsula, consists of a stratovolcano edifice with a 10 km (6 mile) diameter summit caldera. The caldera-forming eruption occurred around 3,500 years ago. Postcaldera eruptions have produced lava domes, tuff cones, and larger spatter and scoria cone structures including Half-Cone and Vent Mountain all within the caldera. The most recent eruption occurred in 1931 and created a new vent and lava flows on the western caldera floor while spreading ash over much of southwestern Alaska. Aniakchak volcano is 25 km (15 miles) southeast of the nearest community, Port Heiden, and 670 km (416 miles) southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. 


Matt Haney, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS (907) 786-7497

David Fee, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI (907) 378-5460

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A new VAN will be issued if conditions change significantly or alert levels are modified. While a VAN is in effect, regularly scheduled updates are posted at

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.

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