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Media Advisory: Volcano Experts Available
Released: 8/25/1997

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Kathleen Gohn 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4460



The U.S. Geological Survey has a number of expert volcanologists who can explain how volcanoes work, why eruptions in Alaska, the Cascades and the Caribbean are more violent than eruptions of Hawaiian volcanoes, and what the USGS is doing to protect the lives and property of people who live in the shadow of an active volcano.

A new World Wide Web site at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov offers up-to-date information on erupting volcanoes around the world. The site is packed with images and information on active volcanoes and features a colorful photo glossary of volcanic terms, pictorial explanations of volcanic phenomena, descriptions of various types of volcanic events, and links to related web sites.


Editors: Interviews with volcanologists can be arranged by calling the USGS Outreach Office at 703-648-4460 (Reston) or 415-329-4000 (Menlo Park), or by calling the following volcanologists directly:

Reston, VA (Washington, DC, metro area):
Marianne Guffanti, USGS Volcano Hazards Program Coordinator, 703-648-6708

Denver, CO
Richard Moore, Volcanologist, Geologic Hazards team, 303-273-8630

Menlo Park, CA (San Francisco metro area):
Bob Tilling, Chief Scientist, Volcano Hazards team, 415-329-5228

Cascades Volcano Observatory, Vancouver, WA
Tom Murray, Scientist-in-Charge, 360-696-7549
C. Dan Miller, Volcano Disaster Assistance Program head, 360-696-7885

Alaskan Volcano Observatory, Anchorage, AK
Terry Keith, Scientist-in-Charge, 907-786-7443

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawaii
Donald A. Swanson, Scientist-in-Charge, 808-967-8819
Steve Brantley, Physical Scientist, USGS Volcano Hazards Program, 808-967-8827


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