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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, August 14, 2021, 1:52 PM AKDT (Saturday, August 14, 2021, 21:52 UTC)


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

Three small explosions were detected on infrasound sensors from Pavlof Volcano over the past day. Web camera images this morning confirmed a small ash emission from the most recent of these. Like all other explosions observed during the current eruption, ash appeared to quickly dissipate and deposits were limited to areas near the vent.

The level of unrest at Pavlof can change quickly and the progression to more significant eruptive activity can occur with little or no warning. Pavlof Volcano is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and remote infrasound and lightning networks.


GREAT SITKIN VOLCANO (VNUM #311120)
52°4'35" N 176°6'39" W, Summit Elevation 5709 ft (1740 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Elevated surface temperatures and small earthquakes were detected over the past day at Great Sitkin Volcano consistent with continued growth of a lava dome. A steam and gas plume could be seen above the summit in satellite and clear web camera images. No explosions or ash emissions were detected.

There is no indication of how long lava effusion will continue during the current eruption, and it is possible that explosive activity could occur with little or no warning. Great Sitkin Volcano is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and remote 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: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Over the past day four small explosions were detected from North Cerberus crater at Semisopochnoi on infrasound and seismic sensors. Clear web camera images showed nearly continuous ash emissions including in periods with no detected explosions. Overnight satellites detected a low level ash plume below 10,000 feet above sea level extending as far as Kiska around 100200 miles west (200300 km).

Small eruptions producing minor ash deposits within the vicinity of the active north crater of Mount Cerberus and ash clouds under 10,000 feet above sea level have characterized the recent activity and show no signs of abating. Small explosions may continue and could be difficult to detect especially during poor weather conditions.

Semisopochnoi is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and remote 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

Satellite images detected elevated surface temperatures within the summit crater of Mount Cleveland. Seismicity has been at low levels over the past day and no evidence of explosive activity was detected in seismic, regional infrasound, or satellite data.

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.

When operational, Cleveland volcano is monitored by only two seismic stations, which restricts AVO's ability to precisely locate earthquakes and 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.


ATKA VOLCANIC COMPLEX VOLCANO (VNUM #311160)
52°19'51" N 174°8'20" W, Summit Elevation 5030 ft (1533 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Small earthquakes continue to be detected but at a reduced rate relative to earlier in the week. No activity was detected in satellite images.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory continues to carefully monitor for signs of increasing unrest that could lead to an eruption. The Atka volcanic complex is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, and regional lightning detection instruments.


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