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Booming sounds from Veniaminof and their source
Posted: March 29, 2021
Perryville and Chignik, Alaska residents reported loud booms from Mount Veniaminof. To help understand what's been happening, AVO is sharing more information about volcanic "booming", shown in this infographic.

Sound waves from numerous short-duration explosions that repeated every 30-60 seconds produced audible sounds heard in local communities as well as infrasound waves picked up on sensors in Chignik Lagoon.



AVO's new infographic explaining "booming" heard from Veniaminof.

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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:24 PM AKDT (Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 20:24 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

Eruptive activity continues at Semisopochnoi volcano. A low-level ash cloud was observed yesterday near the summit in high-resolution satellite views. No activity was observed on remote infrasound arrays.

Small eruptions producing minor ash deposits within the vicinity of the volcano and ash clouds under 10,000 ft above sea level are typical of activity at this volcano.

Semisopochnoi is monitored by satellite data, regional infrasound, and lightning detection instruments. An infrasound array on Adak Island may detect explosive emissions from Semisopochnoi with a slight delay (approximately 13 minutes) if atmospheric conditions permit.


VENIAMINOF VOLCANO (VNUM #312070)
56°11'52" N 159°23'35" W, Summit Elevation 8225 ft (2507 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

No significant activity was observed in seismic or cloudy to partly cloudy satellite or web camera data over the past day.

Eruptive activity at Veniaminof usually consists of minor ash emissions, lava fountaining and lava flows from the small cone in the summit caldera. Ash emissions are typically confined to the summit crater, but larger events can result in ash fall in nearby communities and drifting airborne ash.

The partial restoration of local seismic data will help the Alaska Volcano Observatory to detect changes in unrest that may lead to a more significant explosive eruption. AVO combines seismic, infrasound, lightning, web camera, and satellite data for rapid detection of such events.


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

No significant activity was observed in seismic or partly cloudy satellite 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.


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