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(1) VOLCANO OBSERVATORY NOTICE FOR AVIATION (VONA)
(2) Issued: (20200616/0202Z)
(3) Volcano: Makushin (VNUM #311310)
(4) Current Color Code: YELLOW
(5) Previous Color Code:
(6) Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory
(7) Notice Number:
(8) Volcano Location: N 53 deg 53 min W 166 deg 55 min
(9) Area: Aleutians
(10) Summit Elevation: 5906 ft (1800 m)
(11) Volcanic Activity Summary: Over the past several hours, there have been two earthquakes larger than magnitude 4 in the vicinity of Makushin Volcano. This represents a significant departure from background earthquake activity and may be associated with volcanic unrest. As a result the Aviation Color Code and Volcano Alert Level has been increased to YELLOW/ADVISORY. This unrest could result a future eruption, however that is not a certainty. Aftershocks continue, as would be expected with earthquakes of this size. The volcano is monitored with a network of seismic instruments, web camera, GPS, satellite data, and regional infrasound and lightning detection instruments.
(12) Volcanic cloud height: No cloud produced.
(13) Other volcanic cloud information: n/a
(14) Remarks: Makushin volcano is located on northern Unalaska Island in the eastern Aleutian Islands. Makushin is a broad, ice-capped stratovolcano which rises to an elevation of 6680 feet. The summit caldera, 3 km diameter, is the site of frequent steam and minor ash eruptions; however, no large eruptions have occurred in this century. The community of Unalaska and port of Dutch Harbor are located 25 km (16 miles) east of Makushin volcano.
(15) Contacts: Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
mcoombs@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

David Fee, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
dfee1@alaska.edu (907) 322-4085

(16) Next Notice:

AVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice

Volcano: Makushin (VNUM #311310)

Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY

Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Issued: Monday, June 15, 2020, 6:02 PM AKDT
Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory
Notice Number:
Location: N 53 deg 53 min W 166 deg 55 min
Elevation: 5906 ft (1800 m)
Area: Aleutians

Volcanic Activity Summary: Over the past several hours, there have been two earthquakes larger than magnitude 4 in the vicinity of Makushin Volcano. This represents a significant departure from background earthquake activity and may be associated with volcanic unrest. As a result the Aviation Color Code and Volcano Alert Level has been increased to YELLOW/ADVISORY. This unrest could result a future eruption, however that is not a certainty. Aftershocks continue, as would be expected with earthquakes of this size. The volcano is monitored with a network of seismic instruments, web camera, GPS, satellite data, and regional infrasound and lightning detection instruments.

Recent Observations:
[Volcanic cloud height] No cloud produced.
[Other volcanic cloud information] n/a

Remarks: Makushin volcano is located on northern Unalaska Island in the eastern Aleutian Islands. Makushin is a broad, ice-capped stratovolcano which rises to an elevation of 6680 feet. The summit caldera, 3 km diameter, is the site of frequent steam and minor ash eruptions; however, no large eruptions have occurred in this century. The community of Unalaska and port of Dutch Harbor are located 25 km (16 miles) east of Makushin volcano.

Contacts: Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
mcoombs@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

David Fee, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
dfee1@alaska.edu (907) 322-4085



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.
VOLCANO ALERT LEVELS
NORMAL
Volcano is in typical background, noneruptive state or, after a change from a higher level, volcanic activity has ceased and volcano has returned to noneruptive background state.
ADVISORY
Volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level or, after a change from a higher level, volcanic activity has decreased significantly but continues to be closely monitored for possible renewed increase.
WATCH
Volcano is exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, timeframe uncertain, OR eruption is underway but poses limited hazards.
WARNING
Hazardous eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected.
AVIATION COLOR CODES
GREEN
Volcano is in typical background, noneruptive state or, after a change from a higher level, volcanic activity has ceased and volcano has returned to noneruptive background state.
YELLOW
Volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level or, after a change from a higher level, volcanic activity has decreased significantly but continues to be closely monitored for possible renewed increase.
ORANGE
Volcano is exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, timeframe uncertain, OR eruption is underway with no or minor volcanic-ash emissions [ash-plume height specified, if possible].
RED
Eruption is imminent with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere likely OR eruption is underway or suspected with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere [ash-plume height specified, if possible].
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