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Preliminary Volcano-Hazard Assessment for Gareloi Volcano, Gareloi Island, Alaska

Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5159

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Abstract

Gareloi Volcano (178.794 degrees W and 51.790 degrees N) is located on Gareloi Island in the Delarof Islands group of the Aleutian Islands, about 2,000 kilometers west-southwest of Anchorage and about 150 kilometers west of Adak, the westernmost community in Alaska. This small (about 8x10 kilometer) volcano has been one of the most active in the Aleutians since its discovery by the Bering expedition in the 1740s, though because of its remote location, observations have been scant and many smaller eruptions may have gone unrecorded. Eruptions of Gareloi commonly produce ash clouds and lava flows. Scars on the flanks of the volcano and debris-avalanche deposits on the adjacent seafloor indicate that the volcano has produced large landslides in the past, possibly causing tsunamis. Such events are infrequent, occurring at most every few thousand years. The primary hazard from Gareloi is airborne clouds of ash that could affect aircraft. In this report, we summarize and describe the major volcanic hazards associated with Gareloi.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Preliminary Volcano-Hazard Assessment for Gareloi Volcano, Gareloi Island, Alaska
Series title:
Scientific Investigations Report
Series number:
2008-5159
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
Alaska Science Center
Description:
Report: vi, 27 p.; Plate: 30 x 20 inches
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