Anatahan volcano

News reporter Tina Chau of Guam News Watch television interviewed SMU vulcanologist James Quick about the danger of nearby Anatahan volcano to neighboring Guam. Quick leads a two-year, $250,000 volcano monitoring project of the U.S. Geological Survey and Southern Methodist University in the Northern Mariana Islands.

The project, which includes Anatahan volcano, will use infrasound — in addition to more conventional seismic monitoring — to “listen” for signs that a volcano is about to blow. The plan is to beef up monitoring of lava and ash hazards in the Marianas, a U.S. commonwealth near Guam. The island of Guam soon will be the primary base for forward deployment of U.S. military forces in the Western Pacific.

Watch Guam TV’s coverage:
[youtube width=”350″ height=”250″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ73wmNGwpQ&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
Read AOL’s coverage of SMU’s Marianas research:Determining When The Next One Will Blow
More on Marianas monitoring:USGS-SMU volcano monitoring will target hazard threat to Marianas, U.S. military and commercial jets
Quick on Fox News:Amazing Video Shows Shockwaves Explode From Volcano
Stars and Stripes interviews Quick:Monitoring to track Guam volcanoes

The USGS-SMU team recently installed equipment on the islands that was originally designed to detect nuclear explosions and enforce the world’s nuclear test-ban treaty, an area of expertise for SMU scientists. The Marianas’ project is an effort to pioneer the use of the technology to monitor active volcanoes.

Chau’s story Eye On The Volcano: Could Guam Be The Next Iceland? aired April 21.

Anatahan to our north has shown its volcanic fury, spewing ash that has settled in thick layers on the mountain, killing vegetation, animals, leaving the air smokey for days.

Future eruptions could be much worse.

That’s why a team from Southern Methodist University (SMU) has been working with the U.S. Geological Survey to put a monitoring network in place along the island chain.

SMU volcanologist James Quick said to Guam News Watch via Skype “once the volcanic ash is in the air, we track it with a satellite. But we need to know the volcano is ramping up toward eruption.”

Continue reading Guam TV’s story

Related links
SMU Geophysics: Infrasound and seismo-acoustic sensing
NASA: Eruption of Anatahan
USGS: Anatahan volcano
Smithsonian: Anatahan volcano
Northern Mariana Islands
USGS: Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers
James E. Quick
SMU Huffington Department of Earth Sciences
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences