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Progress made in understanding Mount Rainier's hazards

Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

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DOI: 10.1029/01EO00057

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Abstract

At 4392 m high, glacier-clad Mount Rainier dominates the skyline of the southern Puget Sound region and is the centerpiece of Mount Rainier National Park. About 2.5 million people of the greater Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area can see Mount Rainier on clear days, and 150,000 live in areas swept by lahars and floods that emanated from the volcano during the last 6,000 years (Figure 1). These lahars include the voluminous Osceola Mudflow that floors the lowlands south of Seattle and east of Tacoma, and which was generated by massive volcano flank-collapse. Mount Rainier's last eruption was a light dusting of ash in 1894; minor pumice last erupted between 1820 and 1854; and the most recent large eruptions we know of were about 1100 and 2300 years ago, according to reports from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Progress made in understanding Mount Rainier's hazards
Series title:
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
DOI:
10.1029/01EO00057
Volume
82
Issue:
9
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wiley
Contributing office(s):
Volcano Hazards Program
Description:
8 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
First page:
113
Last page:
120
Number of Pages:
8
Country:
United States
State:
Washington
Other Geospatial:
Mount Rainier