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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

You can see current eruption and quake activity on the Volcano Discovery site.

Why Kilauea’s activity matters to Californians

Californians might feel immune to a volcanic eruption, but the state has seven active volcanoes:

 

Mount Shasta, near the Oregon border

Lassen Volcanic Center, east of Redding

Long Valley Volcanic Region, northeast of Mammoth Mountain

Clear Lake Volcanic Field, along the southwest edge of Clear Lake

Medicine Lake Volcano, in Siskiyou County

Salton Buttes, on the southeast edge of Salton Sea

Ubehebe Craters, east of Kings Canyon National Park

Coso Volcanic Field, in the northern Mojave Desert

The probability of a major eruption is unknown, but the likelihood of a major earthquake is always a threat. Volcanic eruption and earthquakes have a lot in common, including short warning times.

California’s alert system

California is seeking funding to complete an earthquake early-warning system that could send warnings of earthquakes similar to Japan’s. The goal is for 1,675 stations. Currently, the state has 860; 75 percent of the total is expected to be installed by the end of the year.

Phone alerts

Progress is being made to alert people by phone but it is currently not ready. The USGS detects earthquake activity and issues an alert. It relies on partners to distribute the alert. The current system is unable to get alerts to people fast enough.

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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has lessons for California

 

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