The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO in Menlo Park, CA) monitors volcanoes in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.
The last reported earthquake: Clear Lake Caldera, Anderson Springs, California came in at four point four. Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, situated about 135 km (80 miles) south of capital Quito, is showing signs of increased activity since November 9, 2015 and covering local houses and crops of the nearby communities with smoke and thick layers of ash.
Rinjani volcano in Lombok, Indonesia, active since October 25, 2015 is now continually erupting. CalVO takes on responsibility for research, monitoring, and assessing hazards for all of the potentially active volcanoes in California and coordinating with local and State emergency managers to prepare for responding to renewed volcanic activity. CalVO replaces the former Long Valley Observatory, established in 1982 to monitor the restless Long Valley Caldera and Mono-Inyo Craters region of California. Under the Stafford Act, the USGS has the federal responsibility to issue timely and effective warnings of potential volcanic disasters.  In addition to CalVO, the USGS operates four other volcano observatories.
The movement of molten rock also raises the landscape, either by intruding and displacing existing rock, or through volcanic eruptions and accumulation of volcanic materials on the land's surface (lava flows, volcanoes, ash and cinder deposits, etc.). Map of major faults in California (with bedrock geology after The Geologic Map of California [Jennings, 1977]). Tectonic and erosional processes proceed at a relatively faster pace in California relative to most areas within the mainland United States. Volcanism occurs when molten rock and gases erupt at the surface, producing layers of volcanic ash and debris, and lava flows that can spread across the surface or build up into volcanoes. Volcanic features dominate the landscape throughout a large portion of northeastern California.
Geological Service has opened a new volcano observatory, located outside San Francisco, within existing USGS facilities in Menlo Park.


It joins the USGS' Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Alaska Volcano Observatory, Cascades Volcano Observatory and Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO in Anchorage, AK) oversees Alaskan volcanoes and those within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The volcano, also known as the Fire Volcano, erupted on November 16, 2015, followed by another eruption on the morning of November 17 (local time). Geological Survey announces the establishment of the USGS California Volcano Observatory, or CalVO, headquartered within existing USGS facilities in Menlo Park, Calif. Previously, the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash was responsible for responding to volcanic unrest at some northern California volcanoes. The Cascade Volcano Observatory oversees efforts at all potentially active volcanoes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Coachella Valley is a rift valley associated with the San Andreas Fault System in southern California. The Pinnacles volcano spit in half on the fault, and the two sides are now separated by nearly 200 miles by movement along the fault over the past 23 million years.
The volcanoes that probably once existed above them have long since eroded away from the crest of the Sierra Nevada region.
The Cascades observatory, located in the southwestern Washington town of Vancouver, was responsible for responding to volcanic unrest at some Northern California volcanoes so far.
The oldest USGS volcano observatory, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO in Hawaii National Park, HI), is responsible for the state of Hawaii and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. This view is from the top of Gregory Mountain, located about 40 km from the summit of the volcano.
Establishing CalVO will increase awareness of and resiliency to the volcano threats in California, many of which pose significant threats to the economy and well being of the state and its inhabitants.


The realignment of USGS Volcano Observatories will further facilitate collaboration with federal and state partner agencies including the California Emergency Management Agency and the California Geological Survey.
The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory is responsible for volcanoes in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. The San Andreas Fault is perhaps California's best known fault, but many other major earthquake-producing faults occur throughout the coastal mountainous regions, along the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and throughout the Mojave and Great Basin regions. Uplift and erosion have exposed ancient plutonic throughout extensive regions of the California landscape, perhaps most notably in the Sierra Nevada and in Peninsular Ranges in the southern part of the state (see Fig. Lava Beds National Monument is located on the north flank of the Medicine Lake Volcano, a great shield volcano and caldera of Pleistocene and Holocene age on the northern Modoc Plateau.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory oversees Alaskan volcanoes and those within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The oldest USGS volcano observatory, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, is responsible for the state of Hawaii and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. This cutbank on Tres Pinos Creek along Panoche Road near the town in Paicines, San Benito County, California.
All USGS volcano observatories share scientific expertise, administrative staff, and equipment.



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