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.