Printer friendly versionALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY WEEKLY UPDATEFriday, January 30, 2015 12:02 PM AKST (Friday, January 30, 2015 21:02 UTC)SHISHALDIN VOLCANO
54°45'19" N 163°58'16" W, Summit Elevation 9373 ft (2857 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
No significant volcanic activity at Shishaldin Volcano has been observed in satellite data this week. Clouds have obscured the summit for much of the past week and clear views have been limited. However, clear satellite views this morning showed a faint thermal feature at the summit. Partly clear web camera views from yesterday afternoon and this morning showed minor steaming from the summit crater. Seismicity remains above background levels and is indicative of continuing low-level eruptive activity within the summit crater of the volcano.
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 200-m-wide (660 ft) funnel-shaped summit crater typically emits a steam plume and 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 eruptions are relatively small, although the April-May 1999 event generated an ash column that reached 45,000 ft above sea level.CLEVELAND VOLCANO
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Cleveland Volcano has been obscured by clouds for most of the past week and nothing of note has been observed in satellite or web camera data this week. No significant activity has been detected in seismic or infrasound (air pressure) data this week.
Cleveland volcano forms the western portion 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, often followed by explosions that generate small ash clouds generally below 20,000 ft above sea level. These explosions also launch debris onto the slopes of the cone producing hot pyroclastic avalanches and lahars that sometimes reach the coastline. OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES
Other Alaska volcanoes show no signs of significant unrest: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/
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