Kilauea Eruption Reminder of California Volcanoes
The Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii has drawn much attention and is a reminder for Californians of the sleeping giants in their own backyard. As geologists specializing in volcanoes flock to Hawaii, among them are specialists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) stationed in Menlo Park, Calif. The geologists from the California Volcano Observatory primary mission is to monitor the earth in California for any signs of volcanic activity in the state. California has a total of eight volcanic areas with a moderate to very-high threat level, according to the USGS. The closest to the Bay Area is the Clear Lake Volcanic Field located about 90 miles north of San Francisco. Although the most recent eruption in California was from 1914 to 1917 at Lassen Volcanic Center, the next eruption could be right around the corner. Fortunately, the California Volcano Observatory will ensure we are alerted.
California Volcanic Threats
- Very-high threat: Mount Shasta, Lassen Volcanic Center and Long Valley Volcanic Region
- High threat: Clear Lake Volcanic Field, Medicine Lake Volcano and Salton Buttes
- Moderate threat: Ubehebe Crater and Coso Volcanic Field