The USGS announced the award today to 15 universities and state agencies across the country, including Northern Arizona University, "to modernize the equipment in volcano monitoring networks, to produce high-resolution maps of high-threat volcanoes for modeling volcanic hazards for at-risk populations, and to analyze data from recent eruptions." [right Sunset Crater. Credit National Park Service]
The total program amount of $7 million is from stimulus funds.
Arizona qualified due to the eruption of Sunset Crater during the years of 1065 -1180, in the San Francisco Volcanic Field near Flagstaff.