Hazard Notification System (HANS) for Volcanoes


U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 10:11 AM PDT (Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 17:11 UTC)

Current Volcano Alert Level: all NORMAL
Current Aviation Color Code: all GREEN

Activity Update: All volcanoes monitored by CalVO show normal background earthquake activity and ground movement. Monitored volcanoes include Mount Shasta, Medicine Lake Volcano, Lassen Volcanic Center, Clear Lake Volcanic Field, Long Valley Volcanic Region, Coso Volcanic Field, Ubehebe Craters, and Salton Buttes.

Past Week Observations for March 6, 2023 (0000h PST) through March 12, 2023 (2359h PDT):

Three earthquakes greater than M1 were detected at the Clear Lake Volcanic Field, the largest having a magnitude of M1.7. Typical seismicity was recorded at The Geysers geothermal field south of the Clear Lake Volcanic Field; 100 earthquakes greater than M1 were detected, with the largest having a magnitude of M2.3.

One earthquake greater than M1 was recored in Long Valley Caldera, with a magnitude of M1.6.

One earthquake greater than M1 was recored at Coso Volcanic Field, with a magnitude of M1.2.

One earthquake greater than M1 was recored at Salton Buttes, with a magnitude of M1.7.

Network Outage: In the evening of March 1, data transmission from the seismic network at Lassen Volcanic Center was disrupted and continues as of the writing of this notice. This outage affects the ability to detect small earthquakes (M<2) in the region. The geodetic network is unaffected. Additionally, data transmission from the Long Valley area was disrupted from the evening of March 8 to the evening of March 11. Both of these outages are related to heavy winter weather.

CalVO's Weekly Update only highlights volcanoes which have experienced seismic activity or volcanic unrest. If there are no comments for a volcano, CalVO has detected no earthquakes with magnitudes greater than or equal to M1.0, or any other kind of unrest. Only earthquakes with magnitudes greater than M1.0 are reported here.

These earthquake counts are preliminary and subject to change as the earthquakes are reviewed by seismologists. The U.S. Geological Survey will continue to monitor these volcanoes closely and will issue additional updates and changes in alert level as warranted. For a definition of alert levels see http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/alertsystem/icons.php.

As part of the U.S. Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program, the California Volcano Observatory monitors the volcanoes of California and Nevada and advances scientific understanding of volcanic processes in order to reduce the harmful impacts of volcanic activity. For additional USGS CalVO volcano information, background, images, and other graphics visit http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/calvo/. For general information on the USGS Volcano Hazard Program visit http://volcanoes.usgs.gov. Statewide seismic information for California and Nevada can be found at https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/.