HOMER, AK - Scientists have downgraded the Level of Concern code for Augustine Volcano
from red to orange today, as seismic tremors have quieted down following Wednesday's two short eruptive explosions.
Background tremors are now similar to what they were in recent weeks, as the Cook Inlet island was slowly building toward an eruption. U.S. Geological Survey
volcanologists with the Alaska Volcano Center are keeping the warning code at orange for now, as further eruptions are still considered likely.
Crews of scientists are scheduled to travel today to the island by helicopter and fixed wing plane to take new measurements of the volcano, which sent ash into the air with two explosions early Wednesday lasting several minutes each.
Early-morning blasts from Augustine Volcano gave way to quiet around
Cook Inlet on Wednesday. Later tremors suggested more activity on
the way. Scientists say Augustine is behaving similarly to eruptions in
1976 and 1986, which peaked with explosions that spit ash for hours.