Shishaldin Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Update 002

Alaska Volcanoes Update
Friday, December 29, 1995 10:00 AST (19:00 UTC)

AVO has received no further reports of eruptive activity at Shishaldin Volcano on Unimak Island in the eastern Aleutians since December 23, when pilots reported an ash plume reaching 35,000 feet above sea level. In the early morning hours of December 24, a Cold Bay resident, 56 mi (90 km) northeast of Shishaldin noted a possible very light ash fall. A satellite image from the approximate time of eruption showed a weak plume that dissipated by midday on December 24. Although there is no monitoring equipment on Shishaldin, AVO will continue to track the status of the volcano through pilot observations and analysis of satellite images.

Shishaldin is a symmetric stratovolcano with a summit crater that produces a steady, vigorous cloud of steam and, occasionally, small amounts of ash. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian volcanic arc, erupting at least 27 times since 1775. Prior to the December 23 event, the most recent eruptive period was in 1986-1987 and consisted of minor steam and ash emission over several months. The nearest village is False Pass, 20 mi (32 km) east-northeast of the volcano.

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John C. Eichelberger                            Terry E.C. Keith
Geophysical Institute                           U.S. Geological Survey
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