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Media Advisory: Learn How Volcano Science Helps Build Safer Communities—Alaska Volcano Observatory Turns 20—
Released: 3/19/2008 2:44:51 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Clarice Nassif Ransom 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4299

Martha Stewart
Phone: 202-262-4112

Alaska has dozens of active volcanoes, some which erupt explosively multiple times a year. Learn how the scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), which turns 20 in April, help prevent these hazards from becoming disasters.

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"In communities across Alaska and in air travel throughout our airspace, volcanic activity poses a real threat to safety," said U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. "The AVO is on watch, ready to warn of unforeseen challenges so eruptions don't threaten our lives. I continue to fight to get funding for volcano monitoring and ash plume forecasting to assure AVO will continue its important mission."

Who: The Alaska Volcano Observatory, a joint program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.

What: Learn how volcano scientists help the public be prepared to handle the sometimes life-threatening and catastrophic impacts of volcano eruptions. Hands-on demonstrations, displays and opportunities to interview scientists will be available.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Place: Russell Senate Office Building Room 485
1st Street and Constitution Ave. N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20510

Food and refreshments will be served.

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