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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, December 4, 2021, 12:41 PM AKST (Saturday, December 4, 2021, 21:41 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

Seismicity remains slightly above background levels. Elevated surface temperatures at the summit were observed in a few partly cloudy satellite views over the past day. A few clear web camera views over the past day showed nothing noteworthy. No ash emissions or other signs of unrest were noted.

Lava effusion likely continues at a slow rate. It is possible that explosive activity could occur with little or no warning.

Great Sitkin 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

Unrest continues at Pavlof Volcano. Seismicity remains elevated and several explosions were detected by infrasound sensors over the past day. Nothing observed in cloudy satellite and web camera views of the volcano. No ash emissions or other signs of unrest were noted in satellite data.

Small explosions accompanied by low-level ash emissions could happen at any time, and are typically a hazard in the immediate vicinity of the summit. 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 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

Low-level eruptive activity continues at Semisopochnoi volcano. Seismic activity at the volcano was at low-levels over the past day and several explosions were recorded by infrasound sensors. Low-level ash emissions (<5000 feet above sea level) were observed in satellite data over the past day. In one satellite image, a diffuse ash cloud extended east from Semisopochnoi Island about 100 km (60 mi). Occasional ash and steam emissions were observed in partly clear web camera images over the past day.

Small eruptions producing minor ash deposits within the vicinity of the active north crater of Mount Cerberus and ash clouds usually under 10,000 ft above sea level have characterized the recent activity. Small explosions and associated ash emissions may continue and could be difficult to detect, especially when thick cloud cover obscures the volcano.

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


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

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