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After Bogoslof Eruption, Sen. Murkowski Renews Push For Enhanced Volcano Monitoring

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Senator Lisa Murkowski wants to bolster the nation’s volcano monitoring system. The bill Murkowski is sponsoring, introduced Monday, would modernize existing monitoring networks and create a 24-7 volcano watch office to keep an eye on active volcanoes across the country. Plus, it would create a connected system — the National Volcano Early Warning System — where information from the nation’s five volcano observatories would live.

press release from the Senate Energy committee says even though the Alaska Volcano Observatory is one of the busiest in the world, it has been underfunded for almost three decades.

There is no estimate for how much the proposal might cost.

This is the fourth time Murkowski has introduced legislation to enhance volcano monitoring, but none have become law. The current bill is also sponsored by senators from Washington State and Hawaii.

Zoë Sobel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2019. She returned to KUCB after a year living in Nepal and Malaysia as a Luce Scholar. She then returned to KUCB as a ProPublica reporter August of 2020 through August of 2021.
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