|Above, Lassen Peak. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Lassen Peak in Northern California erupted last 100 years ago. But it could erupt again, but probably not in our lifetime.
I visited Lassen Volcanic National Park last year during my Great American Eclipse trip.
An article on Lassen Peak has been posted by the Plumas County News.
It’s not a matter of if the area around Lassen Volcanic Center will erupt in the future, but when.
That’s according to Dr. Michael Clynne, research geologist, and the most knowledgeable scientist on the Lassen Volcanic National Park area. “I’m the point person,” he said in a recent interview.
That doesn’t mean Clynne is encouraging residents to pack their bags or plan evacuation routes immediately. Although volcanic activity is somewhat unpredictable, scientists who watch volcanoes distinguish between earth time and human time. What could mean soon in earth time might be 1,000 years, a long time in terms of the human race.
New interest in potential activity at some of the Pacific coastal states’ volcanoes arose with the continuing activity at Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano and more recent eruptions at the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala.
Three California volcanoes, including Mt. Shasta and Lassen Peak (also known as Mt. Lassen), and Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth, are listed at very high threat potential, according to scientists at the California Volcano Observatory (CalVO) in San Jose. CalVO is part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program, where Clynne is based.
These three volcanoes are part of an 800-mile stretch of the West Coast, including California, which contains 13 volcanoes.
|Above, Mount Shasta in Northern California. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
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