2016 Volcanic Activity in Alaska—Summary of Events and Response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory

Scientific Investigations Report 2020-5125
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, volcanic unrest or suspected unrest, and seismic events at 15 volcanic centers in Alaska during 2016. The most notable volcanic activity consisted of eruptions at Pavlof and Bogoslof volcanoes. Both eruptions produced significant ash clouds that affected regional air travel. Mount Cleveland continued a pattern of dome growth followed by explosion, producing very short-lived ash clouds. An eruptive period at Shishaldin Volcano ended in 2016. 

Suggested Citation

Cameron, C.E., Dixon, J.P., Waythomas, C.F., Iezzi, A.M., Wallace, K.L., McGimsey, R.G., and Bull, K.F., 2020, 2016 Volcanic activity in Alaska—Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5125, 63 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205125.

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 2016 Volcanic activity in Alaska—Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2020-5125
DOI 10.3133/sir20205125
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
Description vii, 63 p.
Country United States
State Alaska
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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