ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 11:15 AM AKST (Saturday, March 11, 2017, 20:15 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
Two earthquake swarms have been detected from Bogoslof during the past 24 hours. Neither swarm has led to significant eruptive activity. The first swarm ended at 14:00 AKST yesterday March 10 (23:00 UTC) and the second swarm lasted from 19:00 AKST yesterday to 5:00 AKST today March 11 (4:00-14:00 UTC March 11). Mildly elevated surface temperatures were observed in satellite data over the last day, but the observed change is not as strong as expected if lava was being extruded on the surface. Weak pressure waves in the atmosphere were also detected from Bogoslof yesterday March 10 from 9:30-12:00 AKST (18:30-21:00 UTC). This type of low-level activity is consistent with Aviation Color Code ORANGE and Volcano Alert Level WATCH.
AVO has no ground-based volcano monitoring equipment on Bogoslof volcano. We continue to monitor satellite images, information from the Worldwide Lightning Location Network pertaining to volcanic-cloud lightning, and data from seismic and infrasound instruments on nearby islands for indications of volcanic activity.
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W,
Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Weakly elevated surface temperatures were observed at the summit in one satellite image during the past day. Minor steaming from the summit was also visible in clear web camera views. No significant volcanic activity has been detected in seismic or infrasound data.
Cleveland volcano is monitored with a limited real-time seismic network, which inhibits 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.
OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES
Information on all Alaska volcanoes is available at : http://www.avo.alaska.edu.
AVO scientists conduct daily checks of earthquake activity at all seismically-monitored volcanoes, examine web camera and satellite images for evidence of airborne ash and elevated surface temperatures, and consult other monitoring data as needed.
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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.