The caldera was apparently formed by subsidence rather than large explosive eruptions. In 1985, a temperature of l92°C was measured at the edge of one fumarole. The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Neal and others (2005) reported that on 1 August 2002, AVO received several calls reporting a dark cloud drifting downwind from the general summit area and a dark deposit high on its snow-covered flank. 3. The following 4 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections, and may be availble for research (contact the Rock and Ore Collections Manager). Minor eruptive activity has been noted on Mt. The authors noted that, because of seismic station outages, AVO had removed Wrangell from its monitored list on 27 January 2012, where it remained for at least through the rest of the year. Wrangell Mountains are actually form the one range with the St. Elias Mountains. Catalog number links will open a window with more information. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) receives several reports per year from pilots and local residents who observe larger than normal steam clouds over the summit. Mount Wrangell Mount Wrangell; Mount Wrangell, 1987: Elevation: 14,163 ft (4,317 m) [1] Prominence Formation of the summit caldera followed sometime between about 200,000 and 50,000 years ago. No anomalous seismic activity was observed. AVO analysts using satellite images detected small plumes above known fumaroles. This sighting was not observed on satellite imagery. Glacier - volcano interactions on Mt. Mt. The authors note that several months later, local residents sent AVO photographs taken on 20 June of steaming from Wrangell and a deposit of ash extending from the W crater many hundreds of meters down the SW flank (figure 2). Mount Wrangell is an ice-covered volcano, having last erupted in 1907. Mount Wrangell is the only volcano in the Wrangell Mountains that is currently active. Mount Churchill is a volcano in the Saint Elias Mountains and the Wrangell Volcanic Field of eastern Alaska.Churchill and its higher neighbor Mount Bona about 2 mi (3 km) to the southwest are both large ice-covered stratovolcanoes, with Churchill being the fourth highest volcano in the United States and the seventh highest in North America. The massive andesitic shield volcano has produced fluid lava flows as long as 58 km and contains an ice-filled 4-6 km diameter caldera located within a 15-km-wide ancestral caldera. Wood C A, Kienle J (eds), 1990. According to the authors, this was the first report of Wrangell steaming in several years. McGimsey and others (2004) reported that on the morning of 14 May 1999, a NWS observer in Gulkana (about 75 km WNW) reported anomalous steam emissions containing a small amount of ash. Mount Drum is one of the youngest volcanoes in the subduction-related Wrangell volcanic field (80×200 km) of southcentral Alaska. The Wrangell volcanoes were formed over the last 5 million years by massive eruptions which were the result of tectonic collisions along the Pacific and North American crustal plates. Three post-caldera craters are located at the broad summit, along the northern and western caldera rim. U S Geol Surv Prof Pap, 1616: 1-166. Wrangell also occasionally emits ash, which can be seen coating the summit snow. But those steam vents remind visitors that there is still heat below and that this massive volcano is still active. Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway This could cause serious problems for the area if an eruption occurs. Its current volume is about 900 km 3. Description. Wrangell, Alaska: Annual Report, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, 1977-78, p. 1-25. McGimsey and others (2005) reported that NPS geologist Danny Rosenkrans contacted AVO with photographs taken by a local resident on 11 June 2003 showing an unusual towering cloud over the summit. McGimsey and others (2005) also reported that on 18 September 2003 the Center Weather Service Unit called with a Pilot Weather Report of a steam plume 600-700 m over the volcano. A report by Neal and others (2014) noted that no significant eruptive activity or restlessness had occurred in 2010. Reports of activity have been recorded in 1784 and 1884–85. The massive andesitic shield volcano has produced fluid lava flows as long as 58 km and contains an ice-filled caldera 4-6 km in diameter and 1 km deep, located within an ancestral 15-km-wide caldera. Although this activity has slowed for the past few thousand years, there is still heat at depth, as evidenced by Mount Wrangell's steam plumes, and the series of active mud volcanoes east of Glennallen. Here are 10 national parks that have volcanoes: Elevation: 4,317m / 14,163ft Location: 62°00’N 144°01’W Last Eruption: 1999 Country: USA Volcano Type: Shield Volcano Frequency of Eruption. One of the last major eruptions of the volcano occurred in 1990. Steam rose from both the summit and a location on the SW flank at an elevation of about 3 km. Alaska Volcano Observatory (Link to Wrangell), Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, Eruptions, Earthquakes & Emissions Application, Department of Mineral Sciences collections, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO), Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE), Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA), Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA), Chechitno Peak | Tillman, Mount | Uk'eledi | K'elt'aeni, The IAVCEI Commission on Volcanic Hazards and Risk has a, Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (. IAVCEI, 1973-80. From Miller and others (1998) : "Mount Wrangell is a large andesitic shield volcano with a volume of about 900 cubic kilometers (Nye, 1983).Its top is capped by a 4 by 6 km, ice-filled summit caldera whose depth may exceed 1 km .The caldera is apparently of non-explosive origin formed in response to the withdrawal of magma from high-level reservoirs beneath the summit area. Benson, C., and Follett, A., 1986, Application of photogrammetry to the study of volcano-glacier interactions on Mt. There were no reports of steaming immediately following this event; however, two weeks later, on 7 February, a relatively large local earthquake was recorded on the Wrangell network that was followed another two weeks later by steaming from the summit. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility. AVO scientists checked satellite imagery and seismograms and found nothing unusual. On 4 August, an AVO geologist traveling in the area verified that a diffuse, light gray stripe extended a short distance down the flank of the volcano, emanating from the W caldera rim. There were no other weather clouds in the vicinity. Relevance Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Kilauea, Piton de la Fournaise. Geologists plan overflights to monitor the activity. The Wrangell volcanoes were formed over the last 5 million years by massive eruptions which were the result of tectonic collisions along the Pacific and North American crustal plates. Mount Bona is one of the major mountains of the Saint Elias Mountains in eastern Alaska, and is the fifth-highest independent peak in the United States. The shield volcano features an ice-filled caldera 2.5 by 3.7 miles (4 by 6 km) in diameter at the top of Wrangell's broad summit. The observer stated that at this time of year, on clear days, a small, wispy, steam plume is usually visible above Wrangell in the early morning, and dissipates by early afternoon. Click on the following link to read a USGS report about mud volcanoes: Volcanism in this region started much earlier than that (as much as 26 million years ago), but all that remains of that early volcanism is the rocks themselves—the volcanic mountains from that time period have long since been eroded away. Hawaiian. Decker R W, 1971. PO Box 439 Blackburn and swirled across the sky like plumes of light caught in some form of interstellar turbulence. According to Neal and McGimsey (1997), a pilot reported a suspicious cloud around 18 January 1996 rising about 1.5 km near Wrangell. A pilot had also observed the activity and noticed that more "dirt" surrounded the N crater than usual, and that on the upper part of the Chestnina Glacier high on the SW flank, blocks of ice were chaotically jumbled (higher relief between blocks) and that the glacier surface was much more crevassed than he had ever previously seen. On 20 March 2012, a citizen noticed unusually rigorous steaming and described it as looking like "a pressure cooker shot through with nails." Volcanic heat transfer from Wrangell has been increasing since the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. 2002 volcanic activity in Alaska and Kamchatka: summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory. This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. As of 1700 that day the NWS observer in Gulkana could still see a small steam plume and with binoculars could see that the snow around the summit area appeared to be light gray and that this was a definite color contrast and not an effect from shadows. The witness described multiple dark billowing black ash puffs; the wind was from the E and the puffs were not rising over the summit. 99573, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, The Guide to the Volcanoes of the Western Wrangell Mountains. Information Contacts: Carl S. Benson, Geophysical Institute, Univ of Alaska, Fairbanks; Roman Motyka, Alaska Dept of Natural Resources, Juneau. There is no Emissions History data available for Wrangell. 04/1986 (SEAN 11:04) Twenty years of increased heat flow; crater ice melts; fumarole temperatures increase; larger plumes, 10/2017 (BGVN 42:10) Occasional steam plumes and wind-blown ash, but no recent eruptive activity, Twenty years of increased heat flow; crater ice melts; fumarole temperatures increase; larger plumes. Volcanic heat transfer from Wrangell has been increasing since the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. Minor eruptive activity has been noted on Mt. Geodiversity Atlas ~ Geodiversity refers to the full variety of natural geologic (rocks, minerals, sediments, fossils, landforms, and physical processes) and soil resources and processes that occur in the park. There is no Deformation History data available for Wrangell. Because no other evidence of significant volcanic unrest was detected, AVO concluded these events were likely generated by normal fumarolic activity. Wrangell, Alaska: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, v. 52, no. A light gray, relatively motionless and irregular-shaped cloud sat near the caldera rim. The invigorating combination of adrenaline and natural awe was enough to take the chill out of the air as I took in the magnitude of the “Wrangell Eruption.” by volcanic mass-flow deposits in the Copper River McGimsey, R. G., Neal, C. A., and Girina, O., 2005, 2003 volcanic activity in Alaska and Kamchatka: Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1310, 62 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1310/. U S Geol Surv Bull, 2072: 1-31. Increased heat flux in recent years has melted large volumes of ice in the northern crater.This volcano is located within the Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek, a UNESCO World Heritage property. Annual aerial photogrammetric surveys and digital cross sections demonstrate that since 1965 about 85% of the 4.4 x 107 m3 of ice in the north crater (figure 1) has melted; all melting at that altitude is caused by volcanic heat. Wrangell in 1784, 1884-5, and 1900. The youngest lava flows are about 50,000 years old. These fumaroles frequently produce steam plumes that are mistaken for eruptive activity. It too is a large shield volcano, build up by andesitic eruptions. Eruption. Click on the index link or scroll down to read the reports. Occurrences in last 10,000 years* 0 < 10,000 m³. Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. Glennallen Area About 180 miles northeast of Anchorage. Wrangell has more snow and ice in its caldera than any other active volcano in the world. This result is broadly consistent with previously recorded surveys of North Crater using photogrammetric techniques. Later that day a National Park Service (NPS) employee in Kenny Lake reported robust steaming during the previous month from multiple sources on the SW flank between approximately 600-1,500 m below the summit. Drum and Sanford suggested that calm weather conditions permitted steam emissions from the known summit fumaroles to coalesce and form the plume-like cloud. Activity during 2007. Wrangell, Alaska: Annual Report, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, 1983-84, p. 102-104. Wrangell is the only volcano in the Wrangell Volcanic Field to have had historically recorded eruptions, generally in the form of small steam and ash explosions. WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. The last major eruption of the volcano occurred in 1900, although steam is a common sight above the massive peak. Classification. The Wrangell volcanoes were formed over the last 5 million years by massive eruptions which were the result of tectonic collisions along the Pacific and North American crustal plates. It lies at the northwest end of a series of large, andesite-dominated shield volcanoes that show a northwesterly progression of age from 26 Ma near the Alaska-Yukon border to about 0.2 Ma at Mount Drum. Although the authors acknowledged that it could simply have been a common cumulus cloud, they noted that the absence of cumulus clouds in the area over nearby Mts. Mount Wrangell, in Ahtna K’ełt’aeni or K’ełedi when erupting, is a massive shield volcano located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in southeastern Alaska, United States. Geosphere 8:805-834. https://doi.org/10.1130/GES00762.1. The authors stated that AVO reviewed available seismic and satellite data and, finding no evidence of volcanic signals, concluded that the phenomenon was most likely weather-related. Miocene basin development and volcanism along a strike-slip to flat-slab subduction transition: Stratigraphy, geochemistry, and geochronology of the central Wrangell volcanic belt, Yakutat–North America collision zone. The pilot further reported that he had observed no sign of flowage or melting events high on the flank, but that he had not flown over the lower reaches of the glacier. A breeze could be observed at ground level (indicated by motion in the trees) but at altitude, clouds were not shearing rapidly. Volcanoes of North America. Although this activity has slowed for the past few thousand years, there is still heat at depth, as evidenced by Mount Wrangell's steam plumes, and the series of active mud volcanoes east of Glennallen. Newhall C G, Dzurisin D, 1988. The summit today is used for research by the U.S. Army, whose buildings are heated by volcanic steam. The mountain started to build up by 600,000 years ago. Magnificent, breathtaking views of snow-covered Wrangell Mountain peaks await every visitor to this part of Alaska. Herrick and others (2014) reported that on 11 March 2012, local observers noted "puffs of steam." University of Alaska geologists have documented a major long-term increase in heat flux at Mt. Plume Height. Mount Saint Helens Eruption - 1980; Mount Wrangell; NARL-Naval Arctic Research Lab; North American Glaciers - Ice and Climate Photography; ... Mount Wrangell. McGimsey and Wallace (1999) reported that, on 3 June 1997, a pilot reported steam rising from the summit. Mt. Benson, C., and Motyka, R., 1978, Glacier-volcano interactions on Mt. Earlier that day, the Wrangell network had recorded several multi-station seismic events. An 1890 report mention a visible glow. According to the authors, there are several secondary depressions, including a complex, kidney-bean shaped pit about 20 m deep and 200 m across, located in the center of North crater. Knowing that these large mountains are volcanoes provokes many intriguing questions: When did they last erupt? When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. Wrangell has erupted five times. With a diameter of 30 km at 2000 m elevation, Mount Wrangell is one of the world's largest continental-margin volcanoes. Recently Updated Wrangell reported activity, including all types of volcanic activity. It is quite compact and has a rounded shape, and they include the second and third highest volcanoes in the United States, Mount Blackburn and Mount … IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior. Information Contacts: Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), a cooperative program of a) U.S. Geological Survey, 4200 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508-4667 USA (URL: https://avo.alaska.edu/), b) Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, PO Box 757320, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320, USA, and c) Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 794 University Ave., Suite 200, Fairbanks, AK 99709, USA (URL: http://dggs.alaska.gov/). 6, p. 813-827. Hawaiian/Strombolian. Title, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve The large snow-covered mountain in the background is Mount Blackburn, a 16,390-feet-high extinct volcano that last erupted 3.4 million years ago. On 24 June another report described a steam plume rising about 200 m above the summit. Description. Will they erupt again? Waythomas C F, Wallace K L, 2002. There are 59 national parks and 117 national monuments in the U.S., with 78 of the national monuments managed by the National Park Service. (30 pages, pdf format, 8.5 MB). The massive andesitic shield volcano has produced fluid lava flows as long as 58 km and contains an ice-filled caldera 4-6 km in diameter and 1 km deep, located within an ancestral 15-km-wide caldera. High on the snow-covered flank, a gray-colored swath extended from a high point at the W caldera rim near Wrangell's crater. Heat flux from a crater on the N side of the summit caldera rim has increased by an order of magnitude since the great earthquake of 1964 (magnitude 8.3) centered ~250 km to the SW. Wrangell last erupt? Mount Wrangell (14,163') MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. With a diameter of 30 km at 2000 m elevation, Mount Wrangell is one of the world's largest continental-margin volcanoes. However, the authors stated "these observations remain enigmatic: lack of any seismicity would seem to preclude a phreatic or magmatic eruption and yet the pulsatory, 'puffing' nature of the dirty clouds is difficult to reconcile with a wind phenomenon.". The 1884-85 eruption was reported by local prospector Jon Bremner. How tall are they? Unpublished 41 page table, compiled primarily from IAVCEI catalogs with revisions by many volcanologists. Activity during 2002-2003. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. He sent AVO several images of the volcano taken on 2 November and assured AVO that when the activity in question began, there had been no weather clouds in the area. This page contains photos, route descriptions, and other information about ski mountaineering on Mount Wrangell (14163 ft / 4317 m) in Alaska. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. Copper Center, AK During clear weather at approximately 0930 local time, a rapidly billowing grayish-white plume rose to about 900 m above the N summit crater. Reports are organized chronologically and indexed below by Month/Year (Publication Volume:Number), and include a one-line summary. A., Chibisova, M., Rybin, A., McGimsey, R. G., and Dixon, J., 2014, 2010 Volcanic activity in Alaska, Kamchatka, and the Kurile Islands - Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5034, 76 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145034/. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. Sprawling over a vast area, the snow-covered Mount Wrangell and its 4,317-metre-high summit certainly make for a spell-binding sight. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided. During April 1986, nearby residents reported occasional plumes rising as much as 1 km above the summit, with several observations of large plumes the last week of the month. (pdf format, 2.1 MB), Wrangell-St. Elias is also home to a very rare feature- mud volcanoes! In Wrangell Mountains …the summits are extinct volcanoes; Mount Wrangell (14,163 feet [4,317 metres]) was the last to approach the dormant stage. According to Herrick and others (2014), no eruptive activity or significant unrest had occurred in 2012, but as in previous years AVO received reports of fumarolic activity high on its flanks. Fumaroles remained at the boiling point (86°C at 600 mb pressure) from 1961 through the late 1970's, but some superheating may have begun by 1980, and in 1982 superheating was evident as vapor rose 1 m above the vents before condensing. Although there have been some events possibly involving wind-blown ash, there have been no recent confirmed eruptions. Wrangell last erupt? The last eruption was in 1902. A., Neal, C. A., Cameron, C. E., Dixon, J. P., and McGimsey, R. G., 2014, 2012 Volcanic activity in Alaska: Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5160, 82p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145160/. Wrangell, an andesitic shield volcano with a summit caldera 6 km long, 4 km wide, and 1 km deep. U S Geol Surv Bull, 1855: 1108 p, 2 vol. AVO found no anomalies in satellite imagery and concluded that no significant unrest had occurred. Benson, C., Sturm, M., and others, 1984, Glacier-volcano interactions, Mt. In May 2010, a single LIDAR swath taken during a summit overflight by glaciologists from the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, depicted the topography of North Crater, a long-known fumarolic source on the NW rim of the ice-filled summit caldera. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. Cambridge, England: Cambridge Univ Press, 354 p. There is data available for 14 Holocene eruptive periods. Historical unrest at large calderas of the world. Wrangell has more snow and ice in its caldera than any other active volcano in the world. Guide to the volcanoes of the western Wrangell Mountains, Alaska--Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Subsequently, a local resident presented AVO with a video showing the waning portion of the event and his written observations. Several of these have volcanoes where the volcano itself is the national monument, such as Mount St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument. In spite of frequent puffs of steam, geologists tell us that Wrangell is showing no signs of erupting any time soon. Flank collapse at Mount Wrangell, Alaska, recorded Shrub and Upper Klawasi Mud Volcanoes However, the Wrangell Mountains emerge as a distinct mountain system. It includes the Mount Wrangell with over 2000 square miles of the Wrangell volcanic field. The Wrangell Mountains form the volcanic heart of the park. References. The last of the gang of three is Mount Wrangell itself, which is the only currently active volcano in the Wrangell Volcanic Zone. It lies at the northwest end of a series of large, andesite-dominated shield volcanoes that show a northwesterly progression of age from 26 Ma near the Alaska-Yukon border to about 0.2 Ma at Mount Drum. Trop J M, Hart W K, Snyder D, Idleman B, 2012. The invigorating combination of adrenaline and natural awe was enough to take the chill out of the air as I took in the magnitude of the "Wrangell Eruption." You can learn these answers and more, by downloading The Guide to the Volcanoes of the Western Wrangell Mountains. It formed as a result of collapse of a low-angle, dominantly basaltic volcano following the eruption of a large volume of dacitic pumice. Effusive. He also observed that one of two known fumaroles at 3,350 m elevation on the S flank, which typically issue steam through ice holes, was surrounded by a sizeable patch of bare rock, a new development since his last recent flight over the area. He noted about ten "bursts" from the summit and said this was unusual compared to the typical steady emissions often seen. Mount Wrangell, in Ahtna K’ełt’aeni or K’ełedi when erupting, is a massive shield volcano located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in southeastern Alaska, United States.The shield rises over 12,000 feet (3,700 m) above the Copper River to its southwest. Wrangell in 1784, 1884-5, and 1900. Many. The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Wrangell. Blackburn and swirled across the sky like plumes of light caught in some form of interstellar turbulence. It is sponsored by the, Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the, EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. Can J Earth Sci, 39: 1257-1279. On 25 March, a resident living about 80 km N of the summit reported a strong sulfur odor, an occurrence the resident stated was rare in his 15 years of living in the area. Its volume is over 220 cubic At the same time, the Aviation Color Code and Volcano Alert Level were downgraded from Green/Normal to Unassigned. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales. This is a page from the online guidebook, 'Skiing the Pacific Ring of Fire and Beyond', a part of Amar Andalkar's Ski Mountaineering and Climbing Site. Date Released The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography. Wrangell has several active fumarolic areas in its summit caldera. Soon after, I was clocked on and in position when the aurora erupted above Mt. Neal and others (2014) reported that in early November 2010, a long-time local resident called AVO to report "more activity at the Mount Wrangell summit than he had ever seen before." Richter D H, Rosenkrans D S, Steigerwald M J, 1995. The fumarole gases were dominantly water, but the SO2 content of the dry fraction was 28% in 1982 and 35% in 1985; most of the remaining gas was CO2 (gases were collected by Roman Motyka and Matthew Sturm, 1982, Matthew Sturm and Daniel Solie, 1985; analyses by W. Evans, USGS, and Roman Motyka). 1 > 10,000 m³. Wrangell, Alaska. Winkler G R, 2000. The last eruption was in 1902. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email. Background: With a diameter of 30 km at 2000 m elevation, 900 cu km Mount Wrangell is one of the world's largest continental-margin volcanoes. The pilot reported no ash or sulfur smell. Neal C A, McGimsey R G, Girina O, 2005. Modern Mount Wrangell, built upon the remnants of a mid-Pleistocene volcano, has an eruptive history spanning from 750,000 years ago to minor phreatic eruptions in 1884. 3–Mount St.Elias The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that a robust steam plume had been visible over the volcano for several weeks. Neal, C. A., McGimsey, R. G., and Chubarova, O., 2004, 2000 Volcanic activity in Alaska and Kamchatka: Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report OF 2004-1034, 37 p. Neal, C. A., McGimsey, R. G., and Girina, O., 2005, 2002 Volcanic activity in Alaska and Kamchatka: Summary of events and response of the Alaska Volcano Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report OF 2004-1058, 55 p., available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1058/. Activity during 2010. AVO also consulted with a local NPS geologist, who suggested that high winds had lofted fine-grained material exposed in the area near the summit fumaroles. Activity during 2012. Herrick, J. Other calls to AVO registered concern about the significant plumes. Occasional steam plumes and wind-blown ash, but no recent eruptive activity. The shield rises over 12,000 feet (3,700 m) above the Copper River to its southwest. A steep-sided flank cinder cone, Mount Zanetti, is located 6 km NW of the summit. Covering over 2,000 square miles, the Wrangell Volcanic Field is made up of thousands of lava flows and some of the highest peaks in North America, and includes Mount Wrangell, one of the largest (by volume) active volcanoes in the world. On 30 April, the plume was estimated to be 1 km high and 300 m wide. The resident's son reported a similar but more vigorous event on 2 August at about the same time of the day, but AVO received no further inquiries or reports. 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