The recent eruption of Mount Usu in Japan was predicted with enough accuracy to allow for the evacuation of thousands of people from threatened areas. Almost 20 years after the eruption of Mount Saint Helens killed 57 people in Washington state, a panel talks about advances in predicting volcanic activity.


  • Shigeo Aramaki professor in the earth sciences department at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan
  • John Eichelberger professor of volcanology at the University of Alaska
  • Richard Fiske volcanologist with the National Museum of Natural History
  • Marianne Guffanti coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program

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