Steam Plumes Along Long Dormant Sunset Crater In Arizona Cause Volcanic Concerns

Jasper and Sardine

Visible satellite images are showing that some form of steaming plume event occurred this morning from the long dormant Sunset Crater Volcanic Complex located in Central Arizona.

35°21’53.53″N , 111°29’58.44″W

This volcanic complex has not erupted in over 1,000 years.

From the National Park Service:

“Experience The Surreal!

Sunset Crater Volcano! Roughly 900 years ago, the eruption of this volcano reshaped the surrounding landscape, forever changing the lives of people, plants and animals. Hike the trail through the lava flow and cinders and you’ll likely discover colorful, ruggedly dramatic geological features coexisting with twisted Ponderosa Pines and an amazing array of wildlife.”

Type Cinder cone[2]
Age of rock ~950 years
Last eruption 1075 ± 25 years[2]


Happening in the early morning hours, about 1-2 hours after sunrise going forward to about 10-11am PDT

sunset crater steaming plumes june 3 2015

Seen on GOES visible satellite imagery, this obvious vapor is coming from a…

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