The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Alaska volcano monitors say budget cuts hurt watch

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Scientists who monitor Alaska's volcanoes say ongoing federal budget cuts have severely hampered the maintenance of an aging seismic network, including the shutdown announced Friday of even more equipment.
Geophysicist Jeff Freymueller at the University of Alaska Fairbanks says only 120 seismic stations out of almost 200 in the state are in working condition after several years of budget cuts through the U.S. Geophysical Survey, a partner with UAF and the state in the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
Freymueller says the recent budget cuts further curtail the ability to maintain equipment.
The observatory announced Friday that it will no longer seismically monitor Little Sitkin, Ukinrek Maars and Ugashik-Peulik volcanoes with real-time equipment. The observatory will still use satellite data, infrasound and reports from pilots and others to detect eruptions.

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...