USGS steps up plans to monitor Oregon’s Crater Lake volcano

August 1, 2011CRATER LAKE, OREGON — In order to monitor a potentially active volcano in Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, the U.S. Geological Survey wants to build a 60-foot tall tower that will allow the transmission of information from surveying instruments. The monitoring agency released a draft report last week in which it said the current infrastructure in the park can’t support the additional load needed to transmit volcanic monitoring data to the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash. The new tower would allow 24-hour monitoring of the volcano. Scientists can use warning signs such as small earthquakes, release of volcanic gases and swelling of the volcano surface to predict an eruption. –Register Guard

Crater Lake is a caldera lake located in the south-central region of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and famous for its deep blue color and water clarity. The lake partly fills a nearly 2,148-foot (655 m) deep caldera that was formed around 7,700 (± 150) years ago by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. –Wikipedia
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