Eruptions: Volcanoes in America’s Past, Present, & Future
By Dr. John Eichelberger
Volcanic eruptions around the world have always been a part of human history, and the American experience is no exception. Benjamin Franklin signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, under a pall of Icelandic volcanic ash. The greatest eruption of the 20th century buried Kodiak, Alaska, under ash. More recently, Mount St Helens’ massive eruption changed Americans’ view of eruptions as something that happens in other countries. It also transformed how USGS studies volcanoes. USGS scientists can detect the unrest that leads to eruption weeks to months in advance. This year, the USGS is launching the National Volcano Early Warning System program, which will establish monitoring networks on all hazardous U.S. volcanoes, to reduce the effects of volcanic hazards to communities, commerce, and aviation.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
U.S. Geological Survey
Dallas L. Peck Memorial Auditorium
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192