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Archive for the ‘Volcanoes’ Category

Information on Natural Disasters

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Click here to view a wonderfully illustrated and very informative web page from National Geographic.  The page provides information on tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes, and includes maps and case studies.

Volcano Alert Systems

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Nearly 45,000 people are being housed in evacuation camps in preparation for an imminent eruption of the Mayon volcano in the Philippines.  The status of the volcano is currently at Level 4, which means that eruption is imminent.  Level 5, the highest level, means that eruption is taking place.

CNN News Report of Mayon Volcano

In the US, the US Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program uses a four-level alerting sytems, Normal, Advisory, Watch, and Warning.  Currently, only two volcanoes in the US are designated above Normal status: Kilauea (Watch) and Mauna Loa (Advisory), both in Hawaii.  Mount Redout, the Alaskan volcano that erupted last spring, has returned to Normal status.

Update: Mount Redoubt’s status was changed to ADVISORY on Sunday, December 27, 2009.

Mount Redoubt Volcano

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Click here for a link to some great pictures of the recent eruption of Mount Redoubt, 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, from the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Additional Resources:

The Health Hazards of Volcanic Ash

Guidelines on Preparedness Before, During and After an Ashfall

Mount Redoubt

Mount Redoubt

Volcano Eruption Information

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Click here to view CDC information on volcano preparedness and response. Highlighted is a link to updates on Mount Redoubt from the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Mount Redoubt near Anchorage, Alaska

Mount Redoubt near Anchorage, Alaska (Photo from Alaska Volcano Observatory website.)