Alaska Volcano Observatory to get $12M for equipment, staff

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Volcano Observatory is getting $12 million in additional federal funding to update equipment and hire more staff.

KTVA-TV reports the budget increase will replace the aging and outdated equipment used by the observatory, which is a joint program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the state Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.

The observatory monitors 33 of the 52 historically active volcanoes in the state, but nearly half its networks are either impaired or inoperable because of past funding cuts.

Observatory coordinating scientist Jeff Freymueller said the new equipment will be “like trading in your ratty old pair of glasses, where you can’t see very well, for a new pair.”

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