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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 1:06 PM AKDT (Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 21:06 UTC)
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W,
Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
A short-lived explosion occurred at Cleveland volcano today at 11:55 UTC / 03:55 AKST and was detected on local seismic and infrasound stations, as well as on regional infrasound stations. A satellite image acquired shortly after the eruption indicates hot material ejected during the explosion was deposited on the western flank of the volcano, possibly extending as far as the coastline. Subsequent satellite images show a small ash cloud moving to the southwest of the summit at or below 15,000' asl. No significant activity has been detected since the initial explosion.
Cleveland volcano is monitored by only two seismic stations, which restricts AVO's ability to detect precursory unrest that may lead to an explosive eruption. Rapid detection of an ash-producing eruption may be possible using a combination of seismic, infrasound, lightning, and satellite data.
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