Update, December 12, 2018: Over the past week, AVO reports changes in the tremor signal (this volcano is very difficult to observe directly). See their Veniaminof page for details. It’s possible that the eruption of lava has paused, they say.
Update, November 21, 2018, 12:06 p.m., Pacific:
AVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice
Volcano: Veniaminof (VNUM #312070)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Previous Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Previous Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Issued: Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 10:15 AM AKST
Source: Alaska Volcano Observatory
Location: N 56 deg 11 min W 159 deg 23 min
Elevation: 8225 ft (2507 m)
Area: Alaska Peninsula
Volcanic Activity Summary: Overnight, ash emissions from Veniaminof increased significantly, generating a plume up to 15,000 ft asl and extending for more than 150 miles to the SE. This morning observers in Perryville and webcam views indicated continuous ash emissions. This activity is a significant increase from the past month and AVO is raising the Aviation Color Code to Red and the Volcano Alert Level to Warning.
A SIGMET warning for aviation has been issued by the National Weather Service. Please reference https://www.weather.gov/aawu/sigmets for updated guidance on airborne ash hazards.
[Volcanic cloud height] Up to ~15,000 ft
[Other volcanic cloud information] Continuous ash emissions observed in webcam
Remarks: Ash fall is possible in nearby communities. The National Weather Service Anchorage Forecast Office will issue an advisory if this is expected to occur.
Contacts: Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge, USGS
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David Fee, Coordinating Scientist, UAFGI
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Next Notice: A new VAN will be issued if conditions change significantly or alert levels are modified. While a VAN is in effect, regularly scheduled updates are posted at
The Alaska Volcano Observatory is a cooperative program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.
#Veniaminof volcano in Alaska started erupting on Sept. 4! Video taken yesterday at 7:25 AM AKDT & shows low-level fountaining, incandescent flows and ash mantling intra-caldera ice. Courtesy of A. Eckert and Ace Air. See https://t.co/VQoNaTohbD for more info on current activity. pic.twitter.com/ttuMpsSstC
— Alaska AVO (@alaska_avo) September 13, 2018
Credit later corrected to A. Eckert and Captain J. Timmreck)
— Alaska AVO (@alaska_avo) September 26, 2018
Credit later amended to note that video was captured by A. Eckert
Here’s what it looks like from space:
Suomi NPP #VIIRS Day/Night Band & Shortwave Infrared images showing the bright glow & thermal signature of the ongoing eruption of Mount #Veniaminof in the Alaska Peninsula: https://t.co/AkPPaSYYOx | https://t.co/i2jDQhaa7y #AKwx pic.twitter.com/GQAlcKNeVj
— Scott Bachmeier (@CIMSS_Satellite) September 25, 2018
And this is what Veniaminof looked like (from a distant town) when it erupted in 2013, per the National Weather Service:
Alaska Volcano Observatory:
Global Volcanism Program page
Featured image: Cyrus Read/Alaska Volcano Observatory/US Geological Survey http://www.avo.alaska.edu/images/image.php?id=128211