U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program—Assess, forecast, prepare, engage

Fact Sheet 2016-3040
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At least 170 volcanoes in 12 States and 2 territories have erupted in the past 12,000 years and have the potential to erupt again. Consequences of eruptions from U.S. volcanoes can extend far beyond the volcano’s immediate area. Many aspects of our daily life are vulnerable to volcano hazards, including air travel, regional power generation and transmission infrastructure, interstate transportation, port facilities, communications infrastructure, and public health. The U.S. Geological Survey has the Federal responsibility to issue timely warnings of potential volcanic activity to the affected populace and civil authorities. The Volcano Hazards Program (VHP) is funded to carry out that mission and does so through a combination of volcano monitoring, short-term warnings, research on how volcanoes work, and community education and outreach.

Suggested Citation

Stovall, W.K., Wilkins, A.M., Mandeville, C.W., and Driedger, C.L., 2016, U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program—Assess, forecast, prepare, engage: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3040, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163040.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • National Volcano Early Warning System Ensures Volcanoes are Appropriately Monitored
  • Decision-makers Receive Rapid Notifications and Information Based on Research and Monitoring
  • Volcano Disaster Assistance Program Aims to Avert Volcanic Disasters and Advance Science Diplomacy
  • U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program Keeps Watch to Ensure Safety
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program—Assess, forecast, prepare, engage
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2016-3040
DOI 10.3133/fs20163040
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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