Volcano Threat Increases in US
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 26, 2018
Government scientists are classifying 18 U.S. volcanoes as a “very high threat” because of what’s been happening inside them and how close they are to people.
The U.S. Geological Survey is updating its volcano threat assessments for the first time since 2005. The danger list is topped by Hawaii’s Kilauea, which has been erupting this year. The others in the top five are Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington, Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano and California’s Mount Shasta.
The agency says a dozen volcanoes have jumped in threat level since 2005 – among those is the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park. Also on that list are four volcanoes in Alaska, along with Oregon’s Newberry Volcano.
There are 161 active U.S. volcanoes.