Report on Veniaminof (United States) — 12 January-18 January 2005
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 12 January-18 January 2005
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2005. Report on Veniaminof (United States). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 12 January-18 January 2005. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
56.17°N, 159.38°W; summit elev. 2507 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
On 12 January the Anchorage VAAC reported emission of a thin ash cloud, visible on the Perryville NetCam, that rose between 3-4 km a.s.l., extended ENE, and dissipated within ~55 km of the volcano.
On 14 January, a satellite image showed a thermal anomaly in the vicinity of the Veniaminof's summit. Although the anomaly appeared less intense than when first detected on 8 January and volcanic activity seemed to have declined significantly since 12 January, activity still remained significantly higher than normal with occasional bursts of volcanic tremor. Therefore, Veniaminof remained at Concern Color Code Orange.
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.