Report on Veniaminof (United States) — 11 August-17 August 2004
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 11 August-17 August 2004
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2004. Report on Veniaminof (United States). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 11 August-17 August 2004. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
56.17°N, 159.38°W; summit elev. 2507 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
During 6-13 August, frequent small ash-and-steam emissions from Veniaminof were visible on the web camera in Perryville and confirmed by AVO geologists working in the area. The emissions did not exceed a height of 3 km a.s.l. and were similar to those commonly observed in the past 2 months. Bursts of volcanic tremor recorded intermittently on 17 August were probably associated with low-level, short-term ash emissions. Veniaminof remained at Concern Color Code Yellow.
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 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.