USGS wants monitoring tower erected in Crater Lake
Saturday, July 30, 2011
CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) -- 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 Medford Mail Tribune reports the monitoring agency released a draft report last week in which it noted 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.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/