February 08-14, 2012

Volcanoes with reported activity include:

Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Galunggung, Western Java (Indonesia) | Ijen, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Lokon-Empung, Sulawesi | Reventador, Ecuador | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Kizimen, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Popocatépetl, México | Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Central Chile | Sakura-jima, Kyushu |  Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia)

As always, you can view loads of additional background information at Volcano World (http://volcano.oregonstate.edu) and detailed activity reports at the Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program.  (http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/)

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February 01-07, 2012

(I apparently skipped this week… sorry :( – new job, crazy busy, drinking more coffee…) – better late than never…!)

Volcanoes with reported activity last week include:

Cameroon, Cameroon | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Karkar, Northeast of New Guinea (SW Pacific) | Papandayan, Western Java (Indonesia) | Semeru, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Tungurahua, Ecuador | Dukono, Halmahera | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Fuego, Guatemala | Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Kizimen, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Popocatépetl, México | Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Central Chile | Sakura-jima, Kyushu |Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat | Suwanose-jima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan)

As always, you can view loads of additional background information at Volcano World (http://volcano.oregonstate.edu) and detailed activity reports at the Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program.  (http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/)

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Welcome CalVo!

The USGS Volcano Hazards Program issued a press release announcing the establishment of the USGS California Volcano Observatory (CalVO), which replaces the Long Valley Observatory (LVO).  Like LVO, CalVO operates out of existing facilities within the USGS Menlo Park (CA) campus with Margaret (Maggie) Mangan as the Scientist-in-Charge.

The URL for the press release is http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3097.

This event also coincides with the release of a new CalVO website and the redirect and removal of the old LVO website.

The new website address is:  http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/calvo/.

Establishing CalVO is the most visible part of a general restructuring of the responsibilities of the five observatories operated by the US Geological Survey.

  • The California Volcano Observatory watches over volcanoes in California and Nevada;
  • the Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) is responsible  for volcanoes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho;
  • the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) monitors volcanoes in Alaska and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas;
  • the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) monitors activity in Hawaii;
  • and the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) is responsible for volcanoes in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.
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How many volcanoes are there in the United States??

Good question!  (I’m looking at you Mr. Jindal…)

Here’s a list compiled a few years back from Volcanoes of North America: United States and Canada, by Wood and Kienle.  They list all volcanoes that are younger that 5 million years old and are morphologically distinct.  If your state is not listed it probably means there are no volcanoes there or they are the remnants of something older than 5 million years!  (let the floods commence)

According to them, there are about 262 volcanoes and volcanic fields in North America.

Location Number of Volcanoes

Canada* 21
USA* 241
Alaska* 108
Arizona* 9
California* 24
Colorado* 1
Idaho* 6
Hawai’i* 19
Nevada* 7
New Mexico* 16
Oregon* 34
Utah* 6
Washington* 9
Wyoming* 2

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Need a new job? You can always work on a volcano!

The Mt. St. Helens Institute is conducting a
search for a new executive director!!
(cool, right?)

The job description is shown below:

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Job Title:     Executive Director
Hours:          Full time, salaried, exempt position
Salary:         Commensurate with experience
Benefits:       Medical, vacation sick leave, IRA, holidays per MSHI policies

Overview of Position:

To lead the Mount St. Helens Institute in connecting people to stewardship, science and appreciation of volcanic landscapes.

Responsibilities:

1.      Board Administration: Support operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff and supporting Board’s evaluation of Executive Director.
2.      Fundraising: Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, overseeing, writing and submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
3.      Program, Product and Service Delivery: Oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services.
4.      Financial, Tax, Risk, and Facilities Management: Creates and recommends annual budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations. Manages payroll and staff benefits.
5.      Human Resources: Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations. Manages staff, assigns duties and supervises.
6.      Community and Public Relations: Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products, and services are regularly and consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.  Support MSHI outreach efforts through collaboration with other organizations, schools and non-profits.

Accountability:
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors

Required Qualifications:

  1. 2 years experience in non-profit management, preferably as a program or volunteer director or executive director, or significant experience in related field
  2. Experience in providing programs, ensuring quality and depth, and supporting staff in program development and implementation
  3. Strong management and supervisory skills
  4. Strong, proven fundraising experience, including donor management
  5. Demonstrates leadership ability in strategic planning and board management and staff direction
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and administrative capabilities
  7. Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s preferred

Applicants should apply no later than February 17, 2012.  Please send cover letter and resume to:  Mount St Helens Institute Executive Director Search info@mshinstitute.org
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About the Institute:

Founded in 1996 by a handful of individuals passionate about Mount St. Helens, the Mount St. Helens Institute is a 501(c) (3) private, nonprofit organization devoted to helping people understand and protect the volcano. We aim to enrich people’s experiences at Mount St. Helens through our field seminars, guided climbs, lecture series, work parties, and outings. Supported by generous businesses and individuals across the country, we want to share our enthusiasm for the Pacific Northwest’s youngest and most active volcano. We believe that this special landscape deserves support through education, research and stewardship.

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January 25-31, 2012

Volcanoes with reported activity last week include:

Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Gamalama, Halmahera | Krakatau, Indonesia |Lewotolo, Lomblen Island (Indonesia) | Nyamuragira, Democratic Republic of Congo | Paluweh, Lesser Sunda Islands (Indonesia) | Dukono, Halmahera | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Kizimen, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Pagan, Mariana Islands | Popocatépetl, México | Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Central Chile | Sakura-jima, Kyushu |Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat

As always, you can view loads of additional background information at Volcano World (http://volcano.oregonstate.edu) and detailed activity reports at the Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program.  (http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/)

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Volcandpark Congress 2012

Volcandpark Congress will be held from May 21-25th 2012 in Olot, Spain.  It is the first congress to be devoted to the management of protected volcanic areas.  It aims to act as a forum for debate and thought that will provide a link between knowledge of vulcanology and territorial planning and awareness in the people who work in these volcanic landscapes (national and natural parks, natural reserves, etc.).

The abstract presentation period for those who wish to present an oral communication or poster will close on February 13. Abstracts for submission should be sent to secretary@volcandpark1.com with “Comunicacions Volcandpark” in the subject line, along with the following information:

1. Title of the communication
2. Author: SURNAME, followed by first name
3. Institution the author represents
4. Name of the person who will present the communication
5. Type of presentation: only poster OR poster and oral communication
6. Contact information (e-mail and telephone)
7. Date of session the author wishes to contribute to
8. Text (maximum 300 words)

Participants can register for the Congress on-line at www.volcandpark1.com and that the period of reduced registration fees ends on March 20.

Full details of the Volcandpark Congress (board and lodging, transport, programme, etc.) can be found at www.volcandpark1.com

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