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Report on Jackson Segment (Undersea Features) — 11 April-17 April 2001

Jackson Segment

Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
11 April-17 April 2001
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2001. Report on Jackson Segment (Undersea Features). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 11 April-17 April 2001. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Weekly Report (11 April-17 April 2001)

Jackson Segment

Undersea Features

42.15°N, 127.05°W; summit elev. -3100 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

Scientists from NOAA used the T-phase Monitoring System to search for megaplumes from a possible eruption of the Jackson Segment of the Gorda Ridge that began on 3 April. They did not find evidence of a plume after collecting 25 vertical hydrographic casts during 11-16 April. Two bottom camera tows were also collected, but the film had not been developed at the time of this report. By 11 April seismic activity was at very low levels, possibly below the detection threshold of the T-phase Monitoring System.

Geological Summary. The Jackson Segment of the Gorda Ridge more than 200 km off the coast of Oregon lies immediately SSW of the North Gorda Ridge, the northermost of five segments forming the Gorda Ridge spreading center. The first recorded activity took place in April 2001, when volcanic seismicity was detected by hydroacoustic monitoring. The seismicity indicated possible dike propagation to the south and was similar to that which was documented at the time of the eruption of a submarine lava flow from the adjacent North Gorda Ridge segment in 1996. The 2001 activity originated from the central axial valley of the Jackson Segment, near the "narrowgate" on the southern part of the segment. Later surveys, however, revealed no evidence for submarine eruptive activity in April 2001.

Source: NOAA Vents Program