A Volcano Will Erupt In California

Volcano Eruption

Believe it or not, but California is not just the land of earthquakes—it is also the land of volcanoes. According to experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, California will see another volcanic eruption in the future. None of California's volcanoes are currently active. However, an eruption will happen. It might not happen within the lifetime of anyone who is presently living on Earth, but it will happen.

The last time a volcanic eruption occurred was more than 100 years ago. The eruption occurred in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

In the state of California, there are seven volcanoes that could possibly erupt. These volcanoes include Mt. Shasta, Medicine Lake Volcano, Salton Buttes, Coso Volcanic Fields, Long Valley Volcanic Region and Lassen Volcanic National Park. In Contra Costa County, there is a mountain called Mt. Diablo. Mt. Diablo was created by a volcano, though the volcano is now considered to be dead.

The experts at the U.S. Geological Survey have found that out of the seven volcanoes, a number of them have erupted in the same fashion as the one that has recently erupted in Hawaii. However, these volcanoes also have the potential to erupt in a very dangerous, explosive manner—like Mt. St. Helens.

Questions about volcanoes in California have been more prevalent since the beginning of Kilauea Volcano's eruption in Hawaii. Kilauea started to erupt last week and is still erupting, spewing out endless streams of slow-moving lava. What is even more scary and unusual is the fact that random fissures are constantly opening up in the ground, spewing slow-moving lava in random places like in the middle of neighborhoods. Experts are now saying that there is a possibility of a serious explosion happening.

California is not only due for a volcanic eruption—it is also due for a big earthquake. The northern part of the state is due to suffer from a big earthquake generated by the Juan de Fuca fault. There is also the San Andreas Fault that runs from Northern California to Southern California. Along the way, there are a bunch of other, more minor faults that also have to potential to cause a lot of damage.

California's serious earthquake and volcano risks exist due to the fact that the state exists on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and its western edge borders the Pacific tectonic plate.