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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Sunday, January 2, 2022, 12:14 PM AKST (Sunday, January 2, 2022, 21:14 UTC)


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. Ash emissions were observed during daylight hours in web cam images. High winds blew the ash down the flanks of the active cone at estimated altitude of about 3,000 ft asl. No ash was observed in satellite data. Seismicity remains elevated, but observations are complicated by wind noise in the data.

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.


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

Lava effusion continues at Great Sitkin. Satellite observations showed elevated surface temperatures consistent with the continued effusion of lava. A comparison of high resolution satellite data from December 29, 2021 and January 1, 2022 shows modest lengthening of a branch on the lava flow on the west side. Seismicity is low but remains above background levels. It remains 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

Low-level eruptive activity continues at Pavlof Volcano. Seismicity remains elevated and is characterized by periods of tremor. No explosions were detected over the past day. Web camera observations were mostly obscured by clouds, and no ash emission were observed. Moderately elevated surface temperatures consistent with a hot vent region were observed in satellite data under clear viewing conditions. Lava effusion may have paused or ceased.

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.


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

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