Kilauea tops very high threat list of U.S. volcanoes

Government scientists are classifying 18 different U.S. volcanoes as very high threat because of what has been happening inside them and also depending on how close they are to people.

For the first time since 2005, the U.S. Geological Survey has started updating its volcano threat assessments . The list is topped by Hawaii’s Kilauea, which stated erupting this year in May, forcing evacuations and destroying homes.

Lava flow from the volcano has even transformed to Hawaii’s coastline. According to CBS affiliate KGMB, though the eruptions have stopped, the geologists warn it could start again any time.

The other volcanoes in the this list are Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington, California’s Mount Shasta, Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano. The agency says that a dozen volcanoes have jumped in threat level since the year 2005, while twenty others dropped in the threat level.