Monday, August 30, 2010

Volcano Watch - Sinabung and Rainier

The news is all aflutter today about a long-inactive volcano in Indonesia coming to life. Mount Sinabung apparently has not had an eruption in some 400 years. It just goes to show you that living on the slopes of a volcano is dangerous business.

In 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington state woke America up when it awakened after a 100-plus year nap. Suppose Mount Rainier decides to turn over in bed? The map I've posted here gives you an idea of the scope of possible damage. I finally saw Mount Rainier in person when visiting Seattle for the first time last year. It's an impressive sight. And I imagine it would be a very impressive eruption that would dwarf the St. Helens cataclysm.

I hope people are paying attention.

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