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Announcing new monitoring equipment for Cleveland volcano
Posted: September 11, 2014


The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) announces the addition of seismic, infrasound, and web-camera monitoring equipment on Chuginadak Island in the eastern Aleutians. To our knowledge, these are the first-ever geophysical monitoring stations on and near highly active Cleveland volcano. The work was made possible in part by logistical support from a three-year, multi-disciplinary National Science Foundation project on Geological Hazards, Climate Change, and Human/Ecosystems Resilience in the Islands of the Four Mountains, Alaska.

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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY WEEKLY UPDATE
Friday, September 19, 2014 2:08 PM AKDT (Friday, September 19, 2014 22:08 UTC)


SHISHALDIN VOLCANO (VNUM #311360)
54°45'19" N 163°58'16" W, Summit Elevation 9373 ft (2857 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Over the past week, AVO detected elevated temperatures within the summit crater on Monday (9/15/14) and a steam and gas plume on Wednesday (9/17/14). Overall, however, web camera and satellite images have been mostly obscured by clouds. Seismicity remains low. Low-level eruptive activity may be continuing.

Shishaldin volcano, located near the center of Unimak Island in the eastern Aleutian Islands, is a spectacular symmetric cone with a base diameter of approximately 16 km (10 mi). A small summit crater typically emits a noticeable steam plume with occasional small amounts of ash. Shishaldin is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian volcanic arc, with at least 54 episodes of unrest including over 24 confirmed eruptions since 1775. Most of Shishaldin's eruptions have produced small ash and steam plumes, although a recent eruption in April-May 1999 generated an ash column that reached a height of 45,000 ft above sea level.

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

AVO detected no sign of significant volcanic unrest at Cleveland over the past week. Cloudy conditions obscured most satellite and web camera views of the volcano.

New seismic and web-camera data from Cleveland are now available for public viewing on our web site. Please see: https://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Cleveland.php

Cleveland volcano forms the western half of Chuginadak Island, a remote and uninhabited island in the east central Aleutians. The volcano is located about 75 km (45 mi) west of the community of Nikolski, and 1500 km (940 mi) southwest of Anchorage. The most recent significant period of eruption began in February, 2001 and produced 3 explosive events that generated ash clouds as high as 39,000 ft above sea level. The 2001 eruption also produced a lava flow and hot avalanche that reached the sea. Since then, Cleveland has been intermittently active producing small lava flows within its summit crater. These extrusive episodes are typically followed by explosions that destroy the lava flow, generate small ash clouds generally below 20,000 ft ASL, and launch debris onto the upper slopes of the volcanic cone.

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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