Printer friendly versionAVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Previous Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Previous Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 11:21 AM AKDT
Alaska Volcano Observatory
N 55 deg 25 min W 161 deg 53 min
8261 ft (2518 m)
Volcanic Activity Summary: The eruptive activity that was observed intermittently since July 28 has ended or paused. Over the past several days there has been no evidence for continued ash emissions or signs of near surface magma in satellite data. As a result, AVO is lowering the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Volcano Alert Level to ADVISORY.
Occasional views of the volcano in web camera images show small steam plumes at the summit. Seismic activity remains slightly above background levels. Satellite views have been obscured by clouds and intermittent partly clear views of the summit have showed only weakly elevated surface temperatures in one image on 2 August. At the present level of unrest, it is possible for activity to escalate rapidly and for ash emissions to recommence with only subtle precursory signals. AVO will continue to monitor the volcano closely.
[Volcanic cloud height] None
[Other volcanic cloud information] None
Pavlof Volcano is a snow- and ice-covered stratovolcano located on the southwestern end of the Alaska Peninsula about 953 km (592 mi) southwest of Anchorage. The volcano is about 7 km (4.4 mi) in diameter and has active vents on the north and east sides close to the summit. With over 40 historic eruptions, it is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc. Eruptive activity is generally characterized by sporadic Strombolian lava fountaining continuing for a several-month period. Ash plumes as high as 49,000 ft ASL have been generated by past eruptions of Pavlof, and during the March 2016 eruption, ash plumes as high as 40,000 feet above sea level were generated and the ash was tracked in satellite data as distant as eastern Canada. The nearest community, Cold Bay, is located 60 km (37 miles) to the southwest of Pavlof.
Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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Jeff Freymueller, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
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