Volcano Update By Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Special to West Hawaii Today | Friday, September 20, 2019, 10:31 a.m. Share this story A USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist, while assisting Alaska Volcano Observatory colleagues this summer, mounted a radio antenna on an upgraded seismic station at Great Sitkin Volcano in the western Aleutian Islands. USGS photo courtesy / A. Darold) ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA — Volcano observatories across the United States work together to ensure efficient and thorough monitoring of the nation’s active volcanoes. This collaboration is particularly evident during a crisis, like the 2018 eruption of Kilauea Volcano. In 2018, scientists, field engineers, and administrative professionals from across the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Science Center came to the Island of Hawaii to assist the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) in monitoring Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone — or LERZ — lava flows and summit collapses. Their assistance was critical to maintaining HVO’s 24/7 response capability. ADVERTISING Collaboration between volcano observatories also occurs in non-crisis times — for example, helping with regularly scheduled field operations. Some volcano observatories, such as the one in Alaska, must accomplish all field work in the summer because other times of the year can bring harsh weather and… Read full this story
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