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Why Mount Rainier is the US volcano keeping scientists up at night


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The sleeping giant’s destructive potential lies not with fiery flows of lava, which, in the event of an eruption, would be unlikely to extend more than a few miles beyond the boundary of Mount Rainier National Park in the Pacific Northwest. And the majority of volcanic ash would likely dissipate downwind to the east away from population centers, according to the US Geological Survey.

Instead, many scientists fear the prospect of a lahar — a swiftly moving slurry of water and volcanic rock originating from ice or snow rapidly melted by an eruption that picks up debris as it flows through valleys and drainage channels.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/why-mount-rainier-is-the-us-volcano-keeping-scientists-up-at-night/ar-BB1oJm8S?cvid=67516cce3f22466dca5f4e2e768a751f&ei=10

 

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