ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 11:34 AM AKDT (Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 19:34 UTC)
Pavlof Volcano continues to erupt from the vent on the volcano’s east flank just below the summit. Elevated surface temperatures in the active vent were observed in partly cloudy satellite views of the volcano over the past day. Seismic tremor and numerous small explosions were detected in local seismic and infrasound data, as well as on regional stations. Webcam views were obscured by clouds, but these explosions were likely accompanied by minor ash emissions reaching less than 10,000 ft above sea level.
Small explosions associated with the current eruption could happen at any time and may be accompanied by small ash plumes within the immediate vicinity of the volcano. 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 regional infrasound and lightning networks.
Low-level eruption of lava likely continues at Great Sitkin. Seismicity remains low with occasional small local earthquakes over the past day. Clouds obscured satellite and webcam views of the volcano. It is possible that new explosive activity could occur with little or no warning.
Great Sitkin is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and regional infrasound and lightning networks.
Low-level unrest continues. Occasional small local earthquakes were detected over the past day. Satellite and web camera views of the volcano were obscured by clouds. No explosions were detected.
There have been no observations of ash emissions from the north crater of Mount Cerberus since mid-June 2022, although steam emissions continue. Small explosions and associated ash emissions could resume, and may be difficult to detect during periods of high winds and/or when thick cloud cover obscures the volcano. Ash emissions over the past several years of activity have typically reached altitudes of less than 10,000 ft (3 km) above mean sea level.
Semisopochnoi is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and regional infrasound and lightning networks.
Unrest continues at Cleveland. Satellite obsevations were obscured by clouds. Local seismic data is currently unavailable but there have been no observations of activity on regional networks 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.
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