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AVO VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 10:44 AM AKST (Sunday, January 19, 2020, 19:44 UTC)


SHISHALDIN VOLCANO (VNUM #311360)
54°45'19" N 163°58'16" W, Summit Elevation 9373 ft (2857 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: RED

Eruptive activity continued over the past day at Shishaldin Volcano, with lava flows visible on the NE flank of the volcano in web camera imagery and elevated surface temperatures in satellite data. A robust steam plume moving to the south-southeast was also visible in webcam imagery yesterday. The plume shifted to the east overnight and became more ashy, as the level of seismicity climbed. The volcanic cloud extended up to 150 km (~90 miles) from the volcano with its top at about 20,000 ft. This activity is ongoing. The apparent increase in the vigor of the eruption and the increase ash production prompted the Alaska Volcano Observatory to increase the color code and alert level to RED/WARNING.

Shishaldin is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, a telemetered geodetic network, and distant infrasound and lightning networks.


CLEVELAND VOLCANO (VNUM #311240)
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

No unusual activity was observed in seismic data over the past day. Weakly elevated surface temperatures were observed in satellite views, and a weak steam plume from the volcano's summit was seen in web camera views.

Episodes of lava effusion and explosions can occur without advance warning. Explosions from Cleveland are normally short duration and only present a hazard to aviation in the immediate vicinity of the volcano. Larger explosions that present a more widespread hazard to aviation are possible, but are less likely and occur less frequently.

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.


PAVLOF VOLCANO (VNUM #312030)
55°25'2" N 161°53'37" W, Summit Elevation 8261 ft (2518 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

An elevated surface temperature was seen in one satellite image over the past day. Seismicity remains elevated but has not changed significantly over the past several days.

The level of unrest at Pavlof can change quickly and the progression to eruptive activity can occur with little or no warning. We continue to monitor Pavlof closely and will provide any new information about the status of the volcano when or if it becomes available.

Pavlof is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and distant infrasound and lightning networks.


SEMISOPOCHNOI VOLCANO (VNUM #311060)
51°55'44" N 179°35'52" E, Summit Elevation 2625 ft (800 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

No activity was detected in seismic data, satellite data, or other geophysical monitoring data over the past day.

Semisopochnoi is monitored by local seismic sensors, satellite data and distant lightning networks. An infrasound array on Adak Island may detect explosive emissions from Semisopochnoi with a slight delay (approximately 13 minutes) if atmospheric conditions permit.


OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES

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Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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