Report on Ahyi (United States) — 12 July-18 July 2023
Smithsonian Institution / US Geological Survey
Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 12 July-18 July 2023
Managing Editor: Sally Sennert.
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2023. Report on Ahyi (United States) (Sennert, S, ed.). Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 12 July-18 July 2023. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
20.42°N, 145.03°E; summit elev. -75 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
Signs of unrest at Ahyi Seamount had not been recorded by underwater pressure sensors on Wake Island (2,270 km E) for the previous four weeks (since early June) and satellite observations of discolored water near the seamount was last visible on 22 May. Both the Aviation Color Code and the Volcano Alert Level were lowered to Unassigned on 18 July.
Geological Summary. Ahyi seamount is a large conical submarine volcano that rises to within 75 m of the ocean surface ~18 km SE of the island of Farallon de Pajaros in the northern Marianas. Water discoloration has been observed there, and in 1979 the crew of a fishing boat felt shocks over the summit area, followed by upwelling of sulfur-bearing water. On 24-25 April 2001 an explosive eruption was detected seismically by a station on Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago. The event was well constrained (+/- 15 km) at a location near the southern base of Ahyi. An eruption in April-May 2014 was detected by NOAA divers, hydroacoustic sensors, and seismic stations.
Source: US Geological Survey