2017 Volcanic Activity in Alaska—Summary of Events and Response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory

Scientific Investigations Report 2020-5102
Prepared in cooperation with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a cooperative program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys
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The Alaska Volcano Observatory responded to eruptions, significant and minor volcanic unrest, and seismic events at 16 volcanic centers in Alaska during 2017. The most notable volcanic activity consisted of a major eruption at Bogoslof Island, continuing intermittent dome growth and ash eruptions from Mount Cleveland, the end of the Pavlof Volcano eruption, volcanic unrest at Shishaldin Volcano, and significant earthquake activity at Tanaga and Great Sitkin Islands. This report also documents reports of degassing at Redoubt Volcano, Makushin Volcano, Mount Gareloi, and Kiska Volcano, anomalous seismicity at Mount Spurr, Augustine Volcano, Akutan Peak, and Makushin Volcano, landslides at Iliamna Volcano, resuspended ash from the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption, and continuing inflation at Okmok Caldera.

Suggested Citation

Dixon, J.P., Cameron, C.E., Iezzi, A.M., Power, J.A., Wallace, K., and Waythomas, C.F., 2020, 2017 Volcanic activity in Alaska—Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5102, 61 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205102.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Volcanic Activity in Alaska
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Glossary of Selected Terms and Acronyms
  • Appendixes
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title 2017 Volcanic activity in Alaska—Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2020-5102
DOI 10.3133/sir20205102
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
Description vii, 61 p.
Country United States
State Alaska
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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