There’s still some rumbling beneath the surface, and a few small explosions here and there. But for the most part, Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has quieted down.
Rick Wessels is a geophysicist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory. He says the observatory finally got some decent satellite pictures of Pavlof on Friday. They show a lot less ash.
“The plume seemed to be pretty low-level — beneath 15,000 feet. Pretty short,” Wessels says. “It wasn’t nearly the intensity that we saw a week ago.”
Smaller, less intense emissions means that Aleutian communities like Sand Point and Nelson Lagoon are unlikely to be dusted with ash again.
Beneath the surface, Wessels says Pavlof still shows signs of erupting — albeit less violently than before.
“[It’s] basically a low level of what we call volcanic tremor, which just means as fluids and lava are moving through the volcano. It just is kind of a continuous, low-level subsonic hum,” Wessels says. “And then there’s still discrete little explosions we can see on the seismic and infrasound networks. So we are able to hear these little pops once in a while, where things get pushed out a little more energetically.”
Wessels says he and other scientists have been going through records of past eruptions at Pavlof to try to figure out what phase the volcano is in.
“We’re not sure if this is a respite from bigger activity or if this is the weaning stages of the end of activity,” Wessels says. “Really, the only we can tell is just watch it for a few more days and see what it does.”
History shows that Pavlof could still spit tall ash plumes up to 20,000 feet into the air with little to no warning. For that reason, the AVO is maintaining an aviation alert for the volcano.
- The Alaska Federation of Natives convention is scheduled to take place each year shortly after Permanent Fund Dividends are distributed.
- Mayor John Eberhart called on the City of Fairbanks and the State of Alaska to compensate the men for wrongful imprisonment.
- “The new helpline will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services by and for Native women."
- KTUU is reporting that a local legislative aide a state law tried to affect a state law in a way that would benefit his son, who state prosecutors said sexually abused a 12-year-old girl when he was 18. KTUU reporter Austin Baird discusses the story.