Increased seismicity at Atka volcanic complex, alerts raised, Alaska

Increased seismicity at Atka volcanic complex, alerts raised, Alaska

Due to increased seismicity detected southwest of Korovin volcano, Atka volcanic complex, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has raised the Aviation Color Code for the volcano to Yellow and Alert Level to Advisory on August 11, 2021.

Numerous small earthquakes were detected 3 to 6 km (1.9 to 3.7 miles) deep and around 7 km (4.3 miles) southwest of Korovin, AVO said.1

The earthquakes represent an increase from background seismic activity, but may not necessarily lead to an eruption.

Recent earthquake hypocenters at Atka volcanic complex, August 11, 2021. Credit: Matt Loewen, AVO/USGS

AVO said it will continue to monitor the complex for signs of volcanic activity by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, and regional lightning detection instruments.

The last eruptive episode at this volcano took place from November 2006 to March 2007 (VEI 1).

Atka is the largest volcanic center in the central Aleutians with a central shield volcano and caldera ringed by 7 or 8 satellitic volcanoes.2

The most prominent of these are the post-caldera cones of Korovin, Konia, Kliuchev, and Sarichef, some of which have been active in historical times.

Image acquired July 22, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, EO Browser, TW

Image acquired April 28, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, EO Browser, TW

Geological summary

Korovin, the most frequently active volcano of the large volcanic complex at the NE tip of Atka Island, contains a 1 533 , (5 300 feet) high double summit with two craters located along a NW-SE line. The NW summit has a small crater, but the 1 km (0.62 miles) wide crater of the SE cone has an unusual, open cylindrical vent of widely variable depth that sometimes contains a crater lake or a high magma column.

A fresh-looking cinder cone lies on the flank of partially dissected Konia volcano, located on the SE flank.

The volcano is dominantly basaltic in composition, although some late-stage dacitic lava flows are present on both Korovin and Konia.3

References

1 ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY DAILY UPDATE - U.S. Geological Survey - Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 23:20 UTC

2 Atka - Volcano World - OSU

3 Korovin - Geological summary - GVP

Featured image: Image acquired July 22, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, EO Browser, TW


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