Earthquake swarm awakens Alaskan volcano, dormant for 182 years: alert level raised

August 31, 2012 ALASKAA series of small earthquakes which began Wednesday night and continued into Thursday near a long-dormant volcanic peak in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has prompted researchers to raise the alert level for the Little Sitkin volcano. The nearly 4,000-foot-high Little Sitkin volcano is named for the island where it resides, located in the Rat Islands in the Aleutian chain. The volcano has shown little activity since scientists have started observing it, with only three questionable eruptive events at the volcano since that time. The most recent eruption may have come in 1900, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. However, the Smithsonian Global Volcanism program documents the last eruption as 1830. Still, the AVO page for Little Sitkin mentions there may have been a “cataclysmic eruption” on the island sometime after the last ice age, which ended more than 11,000 years ago. Seismic equipment located near the volcano began detecting a “”warm of high-frequency earthquakes” at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, the AVO reports. The earthquakes continued through the night into Thursday, prompting the alert level at the volcano being raised. The alert level is currently at yellow, which means that the “volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level.” Additionally, aircraft traveling in the area are advised to exercise caution. The volcano is located in a remote part of the Aleutians, about 35 miles northwest of the World War II outpost of Amchitka and 200 miles west of Adak. Little Sitkin joins two other Alaska volcanoes, Iliamna and Cleveland, currently sitting at elevated alert levels. –Alaska Dispatch
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5 Responses to Earthquake swarm awakens Alaskan volcano, dormant for 182 years: alert level raised

  1. John says:

    Are we seeing more volcanic activity this year than in previous years? Or, is this just business as usual?

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  2. Warren H. says:

    Well if the volcanoes taht are dormant and now awakening blow and the three in alaska go off I think we are at 65 now this year so add 5 or 6 more to that and we have 71 the most in one year is 73 I think. Anyone care to let us know what the potential is until the end of the year??? My prediction is 80 and when that one goes off who knows what may happen. Volcanic ash is not good for the atmosphere or ice caps and glaciers :(

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  3. Irene C says:

    I’m wondering, if these erupt at the same time, could this blow the Alaska’s Aleutian Islands off the map? I know there would be a lot of devastation. And could this cause a tsunami? Praying it all holds together.

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    • IMG

      We are going to see many dangerous volcanoes erupt at the same time, as well as many 8.0 earthquakes strike the Earth, in different locales, in the same day. These events have yet to occur, but they will happen. By even the best reckoning, the planet is woefully unprepared for the turbulent changes that lie ahead.

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    • Rita says:

      Probably yes to both questions…Anchorage had a tsunami in the 1960s following an earthquake off the coast. Very devastating too.

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