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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 12:01 PM AKDT (Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 20:01 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

Unrest continues at Great Sitkin volcano. No explosive activity was observed in seismic or infrasound data. Seismicity remains elevated and steady with no appreciable changes over the past day. Satellite radar images obtained today indicate that the circular lava dome being extruded from the active vent has reached a diameter of about 180 m. Occasional slightly clear web camera views and local observations indicate vapor emissions at the summit; these are most likely water vapor and dispersed volcanic gasses.

Renewed explosive activity or lava effusion remain possible outcomes of the current period of unrest. This is not certain and a decline in unrest to background levels of activity is also possible. 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

Unrest continues at Semisopochnoi volcano. Detection of multiple, discrete, energetic explosion signals on local seismic and infrasound stations has characterized the unrest over the past day. Last night at about 10:15 PM AKDT (06:15 UTC, 8/3/2021) an explosion and an intense burst of seismic and acoustic tremor lasting for roughly 15 minutes was detected on the local network. This activity produced a small ash cloud that was visible in satellite data until about 9:20 UTC (01:20 AKDT). The ash cloud drifted slowly north of Semisopochnoi Island about 60 km (370 mi) and reached a height in the range of 5,000 - 10,000 ft (1.5 - 3 km) above sea level. Web camera views of the active vent at north crater also showed ash emissions this morning and the viewing port on one of the web cameras was mantled with dispersed particulate matter that is likely fine ash. This camera is located about 5 km (3 mi) northeast of the active vent at North Crater indicating that trace amounts of ash fall could be occurring over most of Semisopochnoi Island depending on local wind conditions.

Small eruptions producing minor ash deposits within the vicinity of the active north crater of Mount Cerberus and ash clouds under 10,000 ft above sea level are typical of recent activity at Semisopochnoi. Small explosions may occur without warning and could be undetected by regional infrasound sensors and cloudy weather conditions.

Semisopochnoi is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, regional infrasound, and lightning detection instruments.


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

Slight unrest continues at Cleveland volcano. Seismicity has been at low levels over the past day and no evidence of explosive activity was detected in seismic or regional infrasound data. The volcano has been obscured by clouds and there were no outward signs of activity noted in satellite or web camera data over the past day.

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.


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

Unrest continues at Pavlof volcano. Seismic tremor continues to be detected but no evidence of explosive activity was observed in seismic or infrasound data. No activity was observed in mostly cloudy satellite and web camera views.

The level of unrest at Pavlof can change quickly and the progression to eruptive activity can occur with little or no warning. AVO continues to monitor Pavlof closely and will provide any new information about the status of the volcano when or if it becomes available.

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


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Matt Haney, Acting Scientist-in-Charge, USGS mhaney@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

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The Alaska Volcano Observatory is a cooperative program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.