Northern Mariana Islands Recent Status Report, Updates, and Information Releases


NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS WEEKLY UPDATE
Friday, April 4, 2014 10:37 AM ChST (Friday, April 4, 2014 00:37 UTC)


Report prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey.

PAGAN VOLCANO (VNUM #284170)
18°7'48" N 145°48' E, Summit Elevation 1870 ft (570 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Low-level unrest continued at Pagan Volcano throughout the past week. Seismic activity remains above background. A vapor plume was visible in some satellite images during clear views this week. This level of unrest is typical of the past several months. An AVO field crew arrived on the island on April 3 to retrieve campaign instruments deployed last year, and to service other geophysical equipment.

Volcanic gas from Pagan may be noticed downwind of the volcano as distinctive sulfurous odors. Additional information about volcanic gas and vog can be found on the web at this address: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/hazards/FAQ_SO2-Vog-Ash/main.html

Access to the island may be restricted by the CNMI government. Contact the EMO for the latest information.

No significant activity has been detected in seismic data from Anatahan or Sarigan nor has eruptive activity or significant unrest been detected at other volcanoes in Northern Mariana Islands during the past week.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
USGS Northern Marianas Duty Scientist (808) 967-8815
http://volcano.wr.usgs.gov/cnmistatus.php

CNMI Emergency Management Office (670) 322-8001
http://www.cnmiemo.gov.mp/