Report on Okmok (United States) — 9 May-15 May 2001
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 9 May-15 May 2001
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2001. Report on Okmok (United States). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 9 May-15 May 2001. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
53.43°N, 168.13°W; summit elev. 1073 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
During ~0800 to at least 1700 on 11 May AVO detected a small earthquake swarm that was centered near Okmok. Earthquakes in the swarm had magnitudes of approximately 2-3.6, but their locations could not be pinpointed because Okmok is not monitored by a local seismic network. AVO noted that the earthquakes may have been of volcanic origin, but earthquake swarms with similar sizes and character are not uncommon at Aleutian arc volcanoes and do not necessarily lead to eruptive activity.
Geologic Background. The broad, basaltic Okmok shield volcano, which forms the NE end of Umnak Island, has a dramatically different profile than most other Aleutian volcanoes. The summit of the low, 35-km-wide volcano is cut by two overlapping 10-km-wide calderas formed during eruptions about 12,000 and 2050 years ago that produced dacitic pyroclastic flows that reached the coast. More than 60 tephra layers from Okmok have been found overlying the 12,000-year-old caldera-forming tephra layer. Numerous satellitic cones and lava domes dot the flanks of the volcano down to the coast, including 1253-m Mount Tulik on the SE flank, which is almost 200 m higher than the caldera rim. Some of the post-caldera cones show evidence of wave-cut lake terraces; the more recent cones, some of which have been active historically, were formed after the caldera lake, once 150 m deep, disappeared. Hot springs and fumaroles are found within the caldera. Historical eruptions have occurred since 1805 from cinder cones within the caldera.