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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 6:29 AM AKDT (Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 14:29 UTC)
53°55'38" N 168°2'4" W,
Summit Elevation 492 ft (150 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
An explosive eruption of Bogoslof volcano occurred this morning beginning at 04:05 AKDT (12:05 UTC) and continued intermittently until about 05:55 AKDT (13:55 UTC). The eruption produced a low-level volcanic cloud that was observed in satellite data and produced at least one lightning strike. The cloud reached to about 20,000 feet above sea level and moved south, then dissipated over the southern Bering Sea - North Pacific Ocean area. AVO has received no reports of ash fallout. At this time, explosive eruptive activity has ended and the volcano, although quite restless, does not appear to be vigorously erupting. Since about 05:55 AKDT (13:55 UTC), seismicity and infrasound as detected on neighboring islands has been quiet and no additional lightning has been detected.
The National Weather Service Alaska Aviation Weather Unit issued a SIGMET for this eruption. Status of the ash cloud forecast can be found at the AAWU website at http://aawu.arh.noaa.gov/.
Bogoslof volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition. Additional explosions producing high-altitude volcanic clouds could occur at any time. Low-level explosive activity that is below our ability to detect in our data sources may be occurring. These low-level explosions could pose a hazard in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.
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