Report on Takawangha (United States) — 8 February-14 February 2017
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
8 February-14 February 2017
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2017. Report on Takawangha (United States). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 8 February-14 February 2017. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
51.873°N, 178.006°W; summit elev. 1449 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
On 10 February AVO stated that the seismic swarm that began at Takawangha on 23 January had significantly declined the previous week and that seismicity was nearly at background levels. The Aviation Color Code was lowered to Green and the Volcano Alert Level was lowered to Normal.
Geological Summary. Takawangha is a youthful volcano with an ice-filled caldera on northern Tanaga Island, near the western end of the Andreanof Islands. It lies across a saddle from historically active Tanaga volcano to the west; older, deeply eroded volcanoes lie adjacent to the east. The summit of the dominantly basaltic to basaltic-andesite volcano is largely ice covered, with the exception of five Holocene craters that during the last few thousand years produced explosive eruptions and lava flows that reached the lower flanks. No historical eruptions are known, although radiocarbon dating indicates explosive eruptions have occurred within the past several hundred years.