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ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE
U.S. Geological Survey
Monday, May 8, 2023, 12:34 PM AKDT (Monday, May 8, 2023, 20:34 UTC)


GREAT SITKIN VOLCANO (VNUM #311120)
52°4'35" N 176°6'39" W, Summit Elevation 5709 ft (1740 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Slow eruption of lava is continuing at Great Sitkin Volcano, producing a thick lava flow within the summit crater. Satellite and web camera images were mostly obscured by clouds over the past day. No activity was observed. Seismicity remains low, with only a few events observed over the past day.

An eruption of lava began at Great Sitkin Volcano in July 2021 and has continued to slowly erupt since, but no explosive events have occurred. An explosive event occurred in May 2021, before the current eruption of lava. The volcano is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, webcams, and regional infrasound and lightning networks.



ANIAKCHAK VOLCANO (VNUM #312090)
56°54'21" N 158°12'32" W, Summit Elevation 4400 ft (1341 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Earthquake activity beneath Aniakchak volcano continued over the past day at a very low rate. Satellite and web camera images were mostly obscured by clouds over the past day. 

The current period of seismic unrest began in October 2022. Increases in seismic activity have been detected previously at other similar volcanoes, with no subsequent eruptions. We expect additional shallow seismicity and other signs of unrest, such as gas emissions, elevated surface temperatures, and additional surface deformation to precede any future eruption, if one were to occur.

AVO monitors Aniakchak with a local network, which currently consists of three functional seismometers, as well as satellite remote sensing data and regional infrasound and lightning networks.



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

Clouds obscured satellite and webcam views of Mount Young on Semisopochnoi Island over the last day, and no ash emissions were observed. The volcano was quiet seismically over the past day, and there was no evidence of explosive activity in the geophysics data.

Small eruptions producing minor ash deposits within the vicinity of the active north crater of Mount Young and ash clouds usually under 10,000 ft (3 km) above sea level have characterized recent periods of eruption since 2018. Additional ash-producing events could occur again with little warning. 

Semisopochnoi volcano is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, webcams, and regional infrasound and lightning networks.



TANAGA VOLCANO (VNUM #311080)
51°53'2" N 178°8'35" W, Summit Elevation 5925 ft (1806 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Slightly elevated earthquake activity beneath Tanaga Volcano and nearby Takawangha volcano continued over the past 24 hours. No eruptive activity was observed in cloudy satellite images.

Increases in seismic activity have been detected previously at Tanaga Volcano and other similar volcanoes, with no subsequent eruptions. We expect additional shallow seismicity and possibly other signs of unrest, such as gas emissions, elevated surface temperatures, and additional surface deformation to precede any future eruption, if one were to occur.   

Tanaga Volcano and Takawangha volcano are monitored with a local seismic and infrasound network, regional infrasound and lightning detection networks, and satellite data. Takawangha volcano is about 5 miles (8 km) east of Tanaga Volcano on Tanaga Island.



TAKAWANGHA VOLCANO (VNUM #311090)
51°52'1" N 178°1'37" W, Summit Elevation 4754 ft (1449 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Slightly elevated earthquake activity beneath Takawangha volcano and nearby Tanaga Volcano continued over the past 24 hours. No eruptive activity was observed in cloudy satellite images.

Increases in seismic activity have been detected previously at Takawangha volcano and other similar volcanoes, with no subsequent eruptions. We expect additional shallow seismicity and possibly other signs of unrest, such as gas emissions, elevated surface temperatures, and additional surface deformation to precede any future eruption, if one were to occur.   

Takawangha volcano and Tanaga Volcano are monitored with a local seismic and infrasound network, regional infrasound and lightning detection networks, and satellite data. Tanaga Volcano is about 5 miles (8 km) west of Takawangha volcano on Tanaga Island.



TRIDENT VOLCANO (VNUM #312160)
58°14'3" N 155°6'9" W, Summit Elevation 3599 ft (1097 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Seismic activity above background levels continued in the vicinity of Trident Volcano over the past day. No volcanic activity was observed in mostly cloudy satellite and webcam data.

The current period of seismic unrest began on August 24, 2022. Increases in seismic activity have been detected previously at Trident Volcano and other similar volcanoes, with no subsequent eruptions. We expect additional shallow seismicity and other signs of unrest, such as gas emissions, elevated surface temperatures, and surface deformation, to precede any future eruption if one were to occur. 

AVO monitors Trident Volcano with a local network of seismometers, a webcam, remote sensing data, and regional infrasound and lightning networks.



OTHER ALASKA VOLCANOES

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS mcoombs@usgs.gov (907) 786-7497

David Fee, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI dfee1@alaska.edu (907) 378-5460



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.