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Cook Inlet Volcanoes

Alaska’s Cook Inlet Volcanoes, part of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, are beautiful scenic backdrops as well as active natural hazards. The USGS – Alaska Volcano Observatory is tasked with monitoring their volcanic activity and giving warning of eruptive activity. In these videos, hear from AVO volcanologists and geologists as you explore volcanic activity from ancient history to modern-day, and even take a look at volcanoes from space.



Hazardous volcano eruptive activity may endanger lives and property. Since 1988, the Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists have monitored and studied Alaska’s hazardous volcanoes in order to predict and record eruptive activity. The AVO offices are located in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. The Anchorage Office at the USGS is the primary point of information dissemination during crises. The Fairbanks Office at the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute serves as the data collection point for most of the seismic and Satellite data.

AVO is staffed by about 22 full-time scientists, technicians, and administrators. Management responsibility rests with the Scientist-in Charge, a USGS employee in Anchorage and the Coordinating Scientist in Fairbanks, a UAFGI or ADGGS employee.

Link to the Alaska Volcano Observatory website.

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