Report on Pavlof (United States) — January 1976

Natural Science Event Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 4 (January 1976)
Managing Editor: David Squires.

Pavlof (United States) Intermittent steam and ash emissions

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1976. Report on Pavlof (United States). In: Squires, D (ed.), Natural Science Event Bulletin, 1:4. Smithsonian Institution. http://dx.doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.NSEB197601-312030.

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Pavlof

United States

55.417°N, 161.894°W; summit elev. 2493 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


3-4 January: intermittent steam, grey smoke, and black ash. 5 January: black ash. 11-12 January: steam. At 2130 on 11 January a pilot reported the volcano erupting red-hot mud/lava up to 300 meters above the cone. 17 January: grey smoke. 22 January: steam. 24-25 January: grey smoke and steam. 29-30 January: constant steam. 31 January: very intermittent steam.

Geologic Background. The most active volcano of the Aleutian arc, Pavlof is a 2519-m-high Holocene stratovolcano that was constructed along a line of vents extending NE from the Emmons Lake caldera. Pavlof and its twin volcano to the NE, 2142-m-high Pavlof Sister, form a dramatic pair of symmetrical, glacier-covered stratovolcanoes that tower above Pavlof and Volcano bays. A third cone, Little Pavlof, is a smaller volcano on the SW flank of Pavlof volcano, near the rim of Emmons Lake caldera. Unlike Pavlof Sister, Pavlof has been frequently active in historical time, typically producing Strombolian to Vulcanian explosive eruptions from the summit vents and occasional lava flows. The active vents lie near the summit on the north and east sides. The largest historical eruption took place in 1911, at the end of a 5-year-long eruptive episode, when a fissure opened on the N flank, ejecting large blocks and issuing lava flows.

Information Contacts: P. Sventek, USAF, Cold Bay.