Magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

(SOURCE)  Alaska’s Aleutian Islands have been struck with a magnitude 6.9 earthquake late Sunday night.

Depth of 16.8 miles (27.1 kilometers);  73km SW of Nikolski, Alaska;  no reports of injuries or tsunami warning.

Bering Sea Superstorm Breaks Pressure Record

MODIS visible satellite image of the Nov. 8, 2011 Bering Sea Superstorm taken at 2:45 p.m., local time.         (Jesse Allen – NASA Earth Observatory)

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7.0 Quake Rocks Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska August 30, 2013 (AP)
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Alaska’s Aleutian Islands with a jet-like rumble Friday that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover.

“I heard it coming,” said Kathleen Nevzoroff, who was sitting at her computer in the tiny Aleutians village of Adak when the major temblor struck at 8:25 a.m. local time, getting stronger and stronger. “I ran to my doors and opened them and my chimes were all ringing.”

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake, which occurred in a seismically active region. It was strongly felt in Atka, an Aleut community of 64 people, and the larger Aleutian town of Adak, where 320 people live. The quake was followed by multiple aftershocks, including one measuring magnitude 5.4.

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Alaska volcano erupts with new strength but unrelated to quake

Aerial view of the eruption at Mount Veniaminof's intracaldera cone on the Alaska Peninsula, in this photo taken August 18, 2013. (HANDOUT/Reuters)

Aerial view of the eruption at Mount Veniaminof’s intracaldera cone on the Alaska Peninsula, in this photo taken August 18, 2013.   (HANDOUT/Reuters)

SOURCE – An Alaska volcano that has been intermittently oozing lava and releasing small bursts of ash and steam since June erupted with new ferocity on Friday, sending clouds of ash more than 4.8 km into the sky, scientists said.

The latest eruptions from the 2,507-metre Veniaminof Volcano, on the Alaska Peninsula nearly 805 km southwest of Anchorage, marked some of the strongest unrest detected at the site this summer and may intensify, the Alaska Volcano Observatory warned.

But the eruptions were not believed to be linked to a large, 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Friday in waters off the remote Alaska island of Adak, nearly 1,300 km southwest of Veniaminof in the Aleutians chain, said John Power, the observatory’s scientist in charge.

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2nd Volcano This Month is Heating Up in Alaska


SOURCE  –  May 14, 2013

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Another volcano in Alaska is heating up, with seismic instruments signaling a possible eruption, scientists said Monday.

Tremors were detected at Pavlof Volcano, 625 miles southwest of Anchorage, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Satellite imagery showed the mountain was “very, very hot,” said John Power, the U.S. Geological Survey scientist in charge at the observatory.

The aviation alert level for Pavlof was raised from “yellow” to “orange.” A major ash emission could threaten international flights.

Pavlof is 37 miles from the community of Cold Bay, which was notified of the new activity that began about 8 a.m. Monday. Because of clouds, the volcano was not visible to the village of 100.

The volcano last erupted in 2007, but residents there said that eruption had no impact on Cold Bay, likely because the winds blew any ash fall away. Ash clouds were visible to residents, however.

“It was prominent,” said Mike Tickle, manager of the local fuel terminal. “You could see it from all over the place.”

Pavlof is the second Alaska volcano to rumble this month.

Cleveland Volcano, on an uninhabited island in the Aleutian Islands, experienced a low-level eruption in early May. Satellite imagery shows the volcano continues to discharge steam, gas and heat, although no ash clouds have been detected in the past week, Power said.

Cleveland is not monitored with seismic instruments. Its alert level remains at orange.

Pavlof’s 2007 eruption lasted 29 days. It emitted mud flows and erupting lava, as well as ash clouds up to 18,000 feet high, Power said. At night, the 8,262-foot volcano glowed.

Typically, Pavlof eruptions are gas-rich fountains of lava that can shoot up to a few thousand feet. But its ash clouds are usually less dense than plumes of more explosive volcanoes that pose a greater hazard to aircraft, said volcanologist Game McGimsey.

No ash clouds were immediately detected Monday, and local air traffic controller Craig Jackson said there were no flight interruptions.

Pavlof is among the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, with nearly 40 known eruptions, according to the observatory.

Cleveland is a 5,675-foot peak on a remote island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. The volcano’s most recent significant eruption began in February 2001 and sent ash clouds as high 39,000 feet above sea level. It also produced a rubbly lava flow and hot debris that reached the sea.

The most recent minor ash emissions from Cleveland were observed last November.


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