Volcano Update from Archive
Report prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey.
PAGAN VOLCANO (CAVW #0804-17=)
18°7'48" N 145°48' E, Summit Elevation 1870 ft (570 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
A constant steam and gas plume from Pagan was visible in satellite images over the past week. This is typical of recent months of observation of Pagan. A pilot report from a commercial aircraft flying over Pagan on Tuesday reported a vigorous plume although no ash was identifiable in satellite images and there were no reports of eruptive activity by residents on the island. The gas/vapor plume may just have been more vigorous on this day.
Because of this ongoing emission of volcanic gas from Pagan, it remains possible that residents of the CNMI may notice sulfurous odors under certain wind conditions. Additional information about volcanic gas and vog can be found online at this address: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/hazards/FAQ_SO2-Vog-Ash/main.html
Pagan Volcano is not monitored with ground-based geophysical instrumentation and the only sources of information are satellite observations and occasional reports from observers who pass by or visit the island. We will continue to evaluate satellite imagery, on-island, and mariner reports when they become available, but because the volcano is not monitored with ground-based instruments, we cannot provide advanced warning of activity.
Access to the island may be restricted by the CNMI government. Contact the EMO for the latest information.
No eruptive activity or significant unrest was detected at other volcanoes in Northern Mariana Islands this week.
USGS Northern Marianas Duty Scientist (808) 967-8815
CNMI Emergency Management Office (670) 322-8001