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AVO VOLCANO ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Sunday, August 22, 2021, 12:35 PM AKDT (Sunday, August 22, 2021, 20:35 UTC)


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. Satellite imagery from yesterday shows the lava dome has a diameter of ~860 m (~2800 ft). Steam and gas emissions were observed in satellite imagery, but no explosions or ash emissions were detected geophysical or satellite data.

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.


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

Low-level activity continues at Pavlof volcano. No explosions were detected in geophysical, satellite, or web camera data over the past 24 hours. Weakly elevated surface temperatures were observed in satellite data. Small explosions accompanied by low-level ash emissions could resume at any time.

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.


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

Activity at the north crater of Mount Cerberus on Semisopochnoi Island continues. Over the past day, several explosions and seismic tremor have characterized the seismicity. Low-level ash emissions were observed in partly cloudy web camera views and satellite imagery. Ash fall is likely occurring on parts of Semisopochnoi Island following these explosions.

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

Unrest continues at Cleveland volcano. Weakly elevated surface temperatures were detected in partly cloudy satellite data over the past day. Seismicity has been at low levels 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 (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 and weak seismic tremor continue to be detected at near-background levels. No significant 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.


OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES

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