Pavlof


Facts


  • Official Name: Pavlof Volcano
  • Seismically Monitored: Yes
  • Color Code: GREEN
  • Alert Level: NORMAL
  • Elevation: 2518m (8261ft)
  • Latitude: 55.4173
  • Longitude: -161.8937
  • Smithsonian VNum: 312030
  • Nearby Towns:
    • Belkofski 23 mi (37 km) SW
    • King Cove 30 mi (48 km) SW
    • Cold Bay 36 mi (58 km) SW
    • Nelson Lagoon 49 mi (78 km) NE
    • Sand Point 55 mi (89 km) SE
  • Subfeatures:
    • Little Pavlof

Description

From Miller and others (1998) [1] : "Pavlof Volcano is a largely snow-covered, cone-shaped mountain with a high ridge extending to the southwest towards the rim of Emmons Lake Caldera. The volcano is approximately 7 km in diameter and has active vents on the north and east sides close to the summit [2] . It is situated high on the northeastern flank of Emmons Lake Caldera along a northeast-trending alignment of vents that includes Pavlof Sister, and several intracaldera cones [3] . The stratovolcano is relatively undissected and is mostly Holocene in age. Pavlof lies within the Shumagin seismic gap [4] ." The name Pavlof comes from Russian, translating to "Paul" or "Saint Paul". This volcano name was first published as "Pavlovskoi Volcan" by Captain Lutke in 1836.

Name Origin

"Pavlof Volcano" is a Russian name, meaning "Paul" or "Saint Paul," published as "Pavlovskoi Volcan" by Captain Lutke (1836), and as "Pavlovskaya Sopka" on a Russian Hydrographic Department Chart (1847) (Orth, 1971).


References Cited

[1] Catalog of the historically active volcanoes of Alaska, 1998

Miller, T. P., McGimsey, R. G., Richter, D. H., Riehle, J. R., Nye, C. J., Yount, M. E., and Dumoulin, J. A., 1998, Catalog of the historically active volcanoes of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-0582, 104 p.

[2] Geological and seismological evidence of increased explosivity during the 1986 eruptions of Pavlof Volcano, Alaska, 1991

McNutt, S. R., Miller, T. P., and Taber, J. J., 1991, Geological and seismological evidence of increased explosivity during the 1986 eruptions of Pavlof Volcano, Alaska: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 53, n. 2, p. 86-98.

[3] Geology of Pavlof Volcano and vicinity, Alaska, 1955

Kennedy, G. C., and Waldron, H. H., 1955, Geology of Pavlof Volcano and vicinity, Alaska: in Investigations of Alaskan volcanoes, U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1028-A, 19 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:100,000.
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[4] Shumagin seismic gap, alaska Peninsula: History of great earthquakes, tectonic setting, and evidence of high seismic potential, 1981

Davies, J.N., Sykes, L., House, L., and Klaus, J., 1981, Shumagin seismic gap, Alaska Peninsula: History of great earthquakes, tectonic setting, and evidence of high seismic potential: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 86, p. 3821-3855.

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