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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 11:51 AM AKST (Saturday, December 11, 2021, 20:51 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 is low but remains above background levels. Satellite and web camera views of the volcano were mostly cloudy over the past day, but elevated surface temperatures were seen a few satellite images overnight. Lava effusion probably 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

Sporadic eruptive activity continues at Pavlof Volcano. Seismicity remains elevated, although the signals are partly masked by strong winds in the area. No ash emissions were observed in cloudy satellite and webcam views.

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 and elevated seismicity continue at Semisopochnoi volcano. Small explosions from North Cerberus volcano were recorded by seismic sensors, and webcam views showed a persistent steam plume punctuated by ash emissions. A few of these ash emissions were seen in satellite images as well, although those views were mostly obscured by clouds.

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.


DAVIDOF VOLCANO (VNUM #311040)
51°57'15" N 178°19'34" E, Summit Elevation 1076 ft (328 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Small earthquakes continue in the seismic swarm near Davidof volcano, although at a reduced rate and amplitude compared to yesterday. Satellite and web camera views of the volcano were mostly cloudy over the past day, and no volcanic activity was observed.

There is no real-time seismic monitoring network at Davidof volcano. The closest seismometers are approximately 15 km to the east of the volcano on Little Sitkin Island. Davidof is also monitored by satellite data, web cameras, and remote infrasound and lightning networks.


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