USGS completes monitoring system for Oregon’s Newberry volcano

August 24, 2011OREGON – Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are putting the finishing touches on eight new monitoring stations on Central Oregon’s Newberry Volcano. David Nogueras took a trip to find out how the system works. Newberry Volcano is a giant hiding in plain sight. That’s because unlike the model volcano you may have built back in grammar school, Newberry has as many as 400 vents. That makes it less concentrated and more spread out. Benjamin Pauk is a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He says the system is a major upgrade from the lone seismometer it’s replacing. “The problem with that seismometer is that it’s very difficult to locate earthquakes and then determine the magnitude with just that one instrument,” Pauk said. The new stations will transmit GPS and seismic data to the USGS in real time. Pauk says the data will not only help scientists recognize major events but will provide researchers with a clearer picture of what normal looks like. –OBP News
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5 Responses to USGS completes monitoring system for Oregon’s Newberry volcano

  1. Rick says:

    I camped and hiked the Newberry crater area when living in Oregon in the late 70’s. Beautiful country but beneath lies potential danger…also the largest obsidian flow in North America is just a few miles from Newberry. Most of the Cascade mountain range are still active volcanoes, with steam vents visible in winter on many of them. Kinda surprised they aren’t “waking up” as are so many other volcanoes around the globe.

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  2. NickK0 says:

    “Pauk says the data will not only help scientists recognize major events but will provide researchers with a clearer picture of what normal looks like.”

    What the heck is “normal” ?? :-S 🙂

    – Nick

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  3. rita says:

    Dear Alvin,

    Do you have any thoughts or comments on the three earthquakes that just occured in the Norwegian Sea? This is not a ‘place’ i even heard of before.

    Thank you,
    rita

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    • The quakes are occurring near a plate boundary around the Senja and Spitsbergen fracture zones as this is a complex geological region known for rifting and having deep ocean ridges. This seismic activity could be linked to sea-floor spreading. There was a swarm north of this region at the Gakkel Ridge/Arctic in 1999 of a couple hundred quakes. Sea-floor spreading increases, volcanism, increased tectonic plate agitation, are all symptoms of magnetic field reversal. We now have every abundant circumstantial indication that this process appears to be accelerating.

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