Printer friendly versionALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY WEEKLY UPDATEFriday, January 18, 2008 12:12 PM AKST (Friday, January 18, 2008 21:12 UTC)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
A minor ash emission from Cleveland Volcano was detected in satellite data beginning around 2000 Z (12 :00 PM AST) on January 17, 2008. The short-lived event produced a small drifting ash cloud that moved towards the north. A precise height estimate could not be determined from the available data, but based on observations of previous ash emissions the cloud height was likely less than 10,000 ft (3048 m) above sea level. The drifting ash cloud was observed in satellite data for about four hours. A weak thermal anomaly was observed at the summit in several satellite images following the ash event. No further ash emissions have been observed since that time, but high clouds have moved into the region and have obscured the volcano. Small explosive events such as these are typical for Cleveland and do not necessarily indicate an increased potential for larger or more numerous events in the near future.
AVO monitors Cleveland Volcano with satellite imagery as weather allows. The lack of a real-time seismic network at Cleveland means that AVO is unable to track local earthquake activity related to volcanic unrest. Short-lived explosions of ash that could exceed 20,000 ft above sea level can occur without warning and may go undetected on satellite imagery.OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES
Seismic activity is monitored in real time at 31 volcanoes in Alaska. Satellite images of all Alaskan volcanoes are analyzed daily for evidence of ash plumes and elevated surface temperatures. Some volcanoes may currently display anomalous behavior but are not considered to be at a dangerous level of unrest. Wrangell, Spurr, Redoubt, Iliamna, Augustine, Fourpeaked, Snowy, Katmai, Griggs, Trident, Novarupta, Mageik, Martin, Ugashik-Peulik, Ukinrek Maars, Aniakchak, Veniaminof, Pavlof, Dutton, Isanotski, Shishaldin, Fisher, Westdahl, Akutan, Makushin, Okmok, Korovin, Great Sitkin, Kanaga, Tanaga, and Gareloi volcanoes are in color code GREEN
and volcano alert level Normal. All are at or near normal levels of background seismicity. AVO did not detect ash plumes or significant elevated surface temperatures in the vicinity of any volcano.
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php
for complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcanic activity alert levels.
VOLCANO INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
RECORDING ON THE STATUS OF ALASKA'S VOLCANOES (907) 786-7478
Tom Murray, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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Steve McNutt, Coordinating Scientist, UAF
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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.