Okmok, Fox Islands, USA

Okmok Volcano Erupts (Image courtesy of AVO)

Okmok Volcano Erupts (Image courtesy of AVO)

AVO reported that during 15-16 July seismicity from Okmok changed from nearly continuous to episodic volcanic tremor, and the overall seismic intensity declined. Satellite imagery indicated elevated surface temperatures in the NE sector of the caldera; meteorological clouds obscured views. On 16 July, the Volcano Alert Level was lowered to Watch and the Aviation Color Code was lowered to Orange. On 17 July, a pilot reported that an ash plume rose to altitudes of 4.6-6.1 km (15,000-20,000) a.s.l. and drifted E and NE. On 18 July, AVO indicated that the eruption was episodic, with occasional ash-producing explosions occurring every 15 to 30 minutes. The plumes from these explosions were limited to about 6.1 km (20,000 ft) a.s.l.

On 19 July seismicity increased markedly, interpreted as possibly indicating that ash plumes rose to altitudes of 7.6-9.1 km (25,000-30,000 ft) a.s.l. The Volcano Alert Level was raised to Warning and the Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. The next day, seismicity declined again and the Volcano Alert Level was lowered to Watch and the Aviation Color Code was lowered to Orange. Satellite imagery revealed that an ash plume about 20 km from Okmok drifted SE at an altitude of 3.7 km (12,000 ft) a.s.l. Additional ash plumes observed on satellite imagery and spotted by pilots rose to altitudes of 4.6-6.1 km (15,000-20,000 ft) a.s.l. During 21-22 July, ash plumes rose to altitudes of 6.1-9.1 km (20,000-30,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SE.

Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) – “Reports provided courtesy of the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program.”

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