News Releases

January 9, 2013
 The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued a Volcanic Activity Notice for Iliamna and Little Sitkin on Jan. 9, 2013. Volcano Alert Levels were updated to Normal and their Aviation Color Codes were updated to Green at both volcanoes.  Iliamna Volcano, located in Alaska's Cook Inlet, is experiencing occasional small earthquakes, but at a greatly reduced rate and at a magnitude...
October 22, 2012
MapTeach has given its web presence a whole new look. Check out the easy-to-use functionality of the site here. MapTEACH, short for "Mapping Technology Experiences with Alaska’s Community Heritage," is a place-based educational program and curriculum for middle and high school teachers and students focused on understanding the local landscape from multiple perspectives and on learning to make and...
August 30, 2012
Little Sitkin Volcano, a 3,898-foot-stratovolcano near the end of the Aleutian Chain, is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest and scientists with the Alaska Volcano Observatory have put the volcano on color code yellow. According to the latest AVO report, a swarm of high-frequency earthquakes began at 7:15 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on August 29, 2012. The anomolous seismic activity continued...
August 9, 2012
  By GI Assistant Research Professor David Fee Monitoring volcanic eruptions in Alaska is often challenging due to the remoteness of many of the volcanoes in the region, making a local monitoring network difficult to establish and maintain. Cloudy weather also regularly hinders the ability of satellites to detect eruptions. Recent studies have demonstrated how infrasound, or low...
August 6, 2012
 In late July, Jeff Freymueller was named as the new Alaska Volcano Observatory Coordinating Scientist. The decision was made among administrators with the Geophysical Institute, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. Freymueller is currently a professor of geophysics. He joined the Geophysical Institute faculty in 1995. He earned his...
August 6, 2012
 The Geophysical Institute is participating in UAF Day at the 2012 Tanana Valley State Fair! Join us on Tuesday, August 6, from noon to 5 p.m. Watch "Aurora Sensations" by GI graduate student Poul Jensen, catch a show in the Star Lab with Research Professor of Geophysics Robbie Herrick and chat with personnel from the Alaska Satellite Facility and the Alaska Volcano Observatory.  ...
June 20, 2012
 According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, no further explosive activity has been detected at Cleveland Volcano following the event at 2:05 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time yesterday. The small ash emission resulting from that explosion was last visible in satellite data east-southeast of the volcano this morning before dissipating. Due to the increased likelihood of explosive activity at...
June 19, 2012
 Pavel Izbekov, a research associate at the Alaska Volcano Observatory at the Geophysical Institute, will provide a free public lecture on Wednesday, June 20 at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in downtown Anchorage. Fresh from Katmai National Park & Preserve where he led the first session of the International Volcanological Field School, Izbekov will present "Exploration of...
June 6, 2012
Visit the world-renowned Geophysical Institute, where scientists study everything from the center of Earth to the sun. Learn about the Alaska Satellite Facility's work with remote sensing data and polar-orbitting satellites and the Alaska Volcano Observatory's unique monitoring system for all volcanoes in the North Pacific. Visitors are welcome to tour both ASF and AVO with guides on Wednesdays,...
May 31, 2012
 By Ned Rozell On June 6, 1912, if you happened to be sitting on a log outside your cabin near Fairbanks, Juneau or Dawson City, you would have heard an explosion. There was no way to know the boom came from hundreds of miles away, or that it was the starting gun for the largest volcanic eruption of the 1900s. Nor would you imagine that in the next three days a mountain would...