Okmok, Fox Islands, USA

AVO reported that on 23 July, seismicity from Okmok changed from episodic volcanic tremor to nearly continuous mid-level volcanic tremor. Although cloud cover obscured views of Okmok, previously emitted ash plumes were observed to the ESE. On 24 July, a thermal anomaly was possibly present on satellite imagery. On 25 July, seismic amplitude increased. Based on pilot reports and observations of satellite imagery, AVO reported that ash plumes rose to altitudes of 10.7-12.2 km (35,000-40,000 ft) a.s.l. The Volcano Alert Level was raised to Warning and the Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.

On 26 July, seismic activity decreased and satellite imagery indicated that ash plumes rose to altitudes of 6.1-6.7 km (20,000-22,000 ft) a.s.l. The Volcano Alert Level was lowered to Watch and the Aviation Color Code was lowered to Orange. Seismicity increased again on 27 July. Satellite imagery possibly indicated another thermal anomaly; a possible plume at an altitude of less than 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. was also noted. On 28 July, seismic tremor decreased. An ash plume at a possible altitude of 8.2 km (27,000 ft) a.s.l. drifted 90 km SE. Seismicity changed from nearly continuous volcanic tremor to episodic. Later that day and on 29 July, ash plumes possibly rose to an altitude of 10.7 km (35,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E to SE. The Volcano Alert Level was raised to Warning and the Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.

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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