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Scientific Investigations Report 2008–5214

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is a cooperative program of the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. The Alaska Volcano Observatory is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program and the State of Alaska

2006 Volcanic Activity in Alaska, Kamchatka, and the Kurile Islands: Summary of Events and Response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory

By Christina A. Neal, Robert G. McGimsey, James P. Dixon, U.S. Geological Survey, and Alexander Manevich, Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, and Alexander Rybin, Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics

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The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) responded to eruptions, possible eruptions, and volcanic unrest at or near nine separate volcanic centers in Alaska during 2006. A significant explosive eruption at Augustine Volcano in Cook Inlet marked the first eruption within several hundred kilometers of principal population centers in Alaska since 1992. Glaciated Fourpeaked Mountain, a volcano thought to have been inactive in the Holocene, produced a phreatic eruption in the fall of 2006 and continued to emit copious amounts of volcanic gas into 2007. AVO staff also participated in hazard communication and monitoring of multiple eruptions at seven volcanoes in Russia as part of its collaborative role in the Kamchatka and Sakhalin Volcanic Eruption Response Teams.

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Suggested citation:

Neal, C.A., McGimsey, R.G., Dixon, J.P., Manevich, Alexander, and Rybin, Alexander, 2009, 2006 Volcanic activity in Alaska, Kamchatka, and the Kurile Islands: Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008–5214, 102 p.




Volcanic Activity in Alaska, Northeast to Southwest along Aleutian Arc

Volcanic Activity, Kamchatka Peninsula, and the Northern Kurile Islands, Russia

Volcanic Activity, Kurile Islands



Sources of Photographs in This Report and Other Images of Alaska and Russia

References Cited

Glossary of Selected Terms and Acronyms

Appendix 1. Level of Concern Color Code for Volcanic Activity Used in Alaska (until October 1, 2006) and Kamchatka

Appendix 2. Volcano Alert Levels and Revised Aviation Color Codes Used by United States Observatories

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