Data and Tools
RTD - Volcanoes
See real-time alerts for U.S. volcanoes, subscribe to notification services, or choose an observatory that monitors and studies the geology and hazards of their specific locations.
The Volcano Notification Service (VNS) is a free service that sends you notification emails about volcanic activity happening at U.S. monitored volcanoes. You can customize the VNS to deliver notifications for certain volcanoes or a range of volcanoes, and you can also choose the notification types you want to receive. Notifications are issued by the five U.S. Volcano Observatories.
Information about active volcanoes in the United States is derived from the Recent Volcano Observatory Activity Reports generated by the USGS Volcano Hazards Program. NHSS retrieves this information every 12 hours and uses it to refresh the features in the U.S. Volcanoes layer.
Many volcanoes in the U.S. are monitored by arrays of several instruments that detect subtle movements within the earth and changes in gas and water chemistry. The Volcano Hazards Program streams this data to its Volcano Observatories and makes it available on volcano-specific websites.
Reports of ash fall are important to us; we use your observations to assess the character and size of an eruption plume. We report these data to the National Weather Service so they can keep their Ashfall Advisories current. Additionally, reports of NO ashfall during an eruption with expected ashfall are also important to us.