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Preparing for the Big Bang: Stakeholders Discuss Volcano Dangers in State

by on February 22, 2013

This image illustrates the immense power of a volcano. Taken from the International Space Station while orbiting above the Kuril Islands.

The state’s leading experts in volcanology and volcanic dangers in California met to discuss the next big bang.

According to USGS, a volcanic eruption occurs in California about as often as the San Andreas Fault Zone has a large-scale earthquake, which is about 10 times in the last 1000 years. Experts from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, USGS’s California Volcano Observatory and the California Geological Survey created the first Volcano Hazard Annex to the State Emergency Plan.

The meeting occurred at Cal OES’s headquarters near Sacramento, on Feb. 12, 2013, and the stakeholders identified state and federal assets that would be necessary during a volcanic eruption. The Volcano Annex will integrate hazard and socio-economic information that is accessible to emergency managers of all levels of government.

About half of the nation’s 169 young volcanoes are considered dangerous by USGS standards. California has two volcanoes (Lassen Volcanic Center and Mount Shasta) that are considered of the highest priority for increased monitoring.

For more information, visit USGS’s Volcanic Hazards Program’s website.

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