California Volcano Observatory (CalVO)

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Organization:United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Summary:The U.S. Geological Survey California Volcano Observatory (USGS CalVO) was formed in 2012 and is headquartered in Menlo Park CA. It replaced the former Long Valley Observatory (LVO), which was established in 1982 to monitor the restless Long Valley Caldera and Mono-Inyo Craters region of Eastern California. CalVO now monitors these and other potentially hazardous volcanoes in California and Nevada to help communities and government authorities understand, prepare for, and respond to, volcanic activity. The observatory deploys sensors like the Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, seismometer, and multi-gas spectrometer o detect ground deformation, seismicity, and gas emissions that occur in the weeks to months prior to an eruption.
Subjects: california; earth science; geoscience; natural hazards; usgs; volcano
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