The USGS in August, after assessing the threats of various volcano's, began installing 8 new monitoring stations at Newberry Caldera. These 8 new Stations will be equipped with both GPS and seismographs, connected by Radio/Internet real time monitoring. This will make Newberry Volcano the most monitored volcano in the Pacific NW, and the third most monitored Volcano in the US after Kilauea and Yellowstone.
This is not a response to any recent volcanic activity, but due to a FEMA/USGS assessment that indicates Newberry is a high threat volcano, that may produce lava flows or pyroclastic flows that could potentially damage Bend Oregon, which holds a population of over 200,000.
Historically Newberry has occasionally produced eruptions with lava flows as large as the state of Rhode Island, the last one of these about 75,000 year ago.