AVO updates status of Iliamna, Little Sitkin Volcanoes

January 9, 2013


Iliamna Volcano, 2009.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 relative to the peak of unrest in March 2012. Steam and sulfur gas emissions continue to be observed from sites near the summit, but this is not unusual for the volcano. 


Volcanic unrest at Little Sitkin Volcano, located in the Aleutian's, has decreased over the last few months. Scientists at AVO believe the volcano has reached typical background levels, which prompted the update.


Both volcanoes will continue to be monitored by AVO. If any changes occur at the sites that appear out-of-the-ordinary, a new Volcanic Activity Notice will be released.


Now, Cleveland Volcano is the only volcano in state with an Alert Level at Advisory. 


For more information, visit http://www.avo.alaska.edu.



PHOTO CAPTION/CREDIT:Ilamna Volcano as viewed from Homer, Alaska in 2009. Photo by D. Anderson of Night Trax Photography, courtesy of AVO.