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Report on Shishaldin (United States) — 7 July-13 July 2004

Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 7 July-13 July 2004
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2004. Report on Shishaldin (United States). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 7 July-13 July 2004. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Volcano Profile |  Weekly Report (7 July-13 July 2004)


Shishaldin

United States

54.756°N, 163.97°W; summit elev. 2857 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


Low-level seismic activity characterized by weak but continuous tremor continued at Shishaldin during 7-13 July. No volcanic activity was observed at the volcano during clear weather, but AVO reported that satellite data indicated the crater to be warmer than the surrounding ground surface. Shishaldin remained at Concern Color Code Yellow.

Geologic Background. The beautifully symmetrical volcano of Shishaldin is the highest and one of the most active volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands. The 2857-m-high, glacier-covered volcano is the westernmost of three large stratovolcanoes along an E-W line in the eastern half of Unimak Island. The Aleuts named the volcano Sisquk, meaning "mountain which points the way when I am lost." A steady steam plume rises from its small summit crater. Constructed atop an older glacially dissected volcano, it is Holocene in age and largely basaltic in composition. Remnants of an older ancestral volcano are exposed on the west and NE sides at 1500-1800 m elevation. There are over two dozen pyroclastic cones on its NW flank, which is blanketed by massive aa lava flows. Frequent explosive activity, primarily consisting of strombolian ash eruptions from the small summit crater, but sometimes producing lava flows, has been recorded since the 18th century.

Source: US Geological Survey Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)