ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY WEEKLY UPDATE U.S. Geological Survey Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:52 PM AKDT (Friday, May 6, 2016, 20:52 UTC)
52°49'20" N 169°56'42" W,
Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
No significant signals have been recorded in seismic or infrasound (pressure sensor) data from Cleveland since the eruption of the volcano at 18:44 pm AKDT Thursday, May 5 (2:44 UTC May 6). Satellite views immediately after the explosion were cloudy and no ash emissions were observed above the cloud deck. Weather conditions had been partly clear to cloudy earlier in the week and no activity was detected in satellite data. The explosion likely modified a new, small lava dome emplaced in the summit crater since the time of the last explosion at Cleveland on April 16. Several small local earthquakes were recorded by seismic stations at the volcano on Monday and Tuesday.
AVO continues to monitor seismic, infrasound, and satellite data streams from Cleveland volcano.
Cleveland volcano forms the western portion of Chuginadak Island, a remote and uninhabited island in the east central Aleutians. The volcano is located about 75 km (45 mi) west of the community of Nikolski, and 1500 km (940 mi) southwest of Anchorage. The most recent significant period of eruption began in February, 2001 and produced 3 explosive events that generated ash clouds as high as 39,000 ft above sea level. The 2001 eruption also produced a lava flow and hot avalanche that reached the sea. Since then, Cleveland has been intermittently active producing small lava flows, often followed by explosions that generate small ash clouds generally below 20,000 ft above sea level. These explosions also launch debris onto the slopes of the cone producing hot pyroclastic avalanches and lahars that sometimes reach the coastline.
AVO scientists conduct daily checks of earthquake activity at all seismically-monitored volcanoes, examine web camera and satellite images for evidence of airborne ash and elevated surface temperatures, and consult other monitoring data as needed.
David Fee, Acting Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
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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.