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Mount Rainier: learning to live with volcanic risk

Fact Sheet 034-02

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Abstract

Mount Rainier in Washington state is an active volcano reaching more than 2.7 miles (14,410 feet) above sea level. Its majestic edifice looms over expanding suburbs in the valleys that lead to nearby Puget Sound. USGS research over the last several decades indicates that Mount Rainier has been the source of many volcanic mudflows (lahars) that buried areas now densely populated. Now the USGS is working cooperatively with local communities to help people live more safely with the volcano.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Mount Rainier: learning to live with volcanic risk
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
034-02
Edition:
Supercedes Fact Sheet 065-97
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
4 p.