Report on Veniaminof (United States) — June 1994

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 19, no. 6 (June 1994)
Managing Editor: Richard Wunderman

Veniaminof (United States) Steam-and-ash plume rises to 3,600 m altitude

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Global Volcanism Program, 1994. Report on Veniaminof (United States). In: Wunderman, R (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 19:6. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199406-312070.

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Veniaminof

United States

56.17°N, 159.38°W; summit elev. 2507 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


On 29 June, several pilot reports received by the FAA indicated a steam-and-ash eruption from the active cone in the caldera. Reports stated that a plume was rising from the vent to an altitude of 3,600 m above sea level and extending 24-32 km downwind to the SW. The plume was described as dark-gray near the summit and becoming wispy at some distance away. A weak ash plume was detected on AVHRR satellite images. By the morning of 30 June, no further eruptive activity was observed by pilots. A "warm" spot, detected on AVHRR satellite images, persisted from 17 June through 1 July. On 7 July, observers in Perryville . . . reported a small steam plume. Ash deposits from activity during the previous week had darkened the snow along the caldera rim, but no ash fell on Perryville. Renewed activity since July 1993 has typically consisted of low-level ash eruptions and sporadic lava flows.

Geologic Background. Massive Veniaminof volcano, one of the highest and largest volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula, is truncated by a steep-walled, 8 x 11 km, glacier-filled caldera that formed around 3700 years ago. The caldera rim is up to 520 m high on the north, is deeply notched on the west by Cone Glacier, and is covered by an ice sheet on the south. Post-caldera vents are located along a NW-SE zone bisecting the caldera that extends 55 km from near the Bering Sea coast, across the caldera, and down the Pacific flank. Historical eruptions probably all originated from the westernmost and most prominent of two intra-caldera cones, which reaches an elevation of 2156 m and rises about 300 m above the surrounding icefield. The other cone is larger, and has a summit crater or caldera that may reach 2.5 km in diameter, but is more subdued and barely rises above the glacier surface.

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