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(PNSN)   Mt. Rainier is now the most seismically active volcano in the lower 48. Suck it St. Helens (LGT plot of earthquakes showing all the activity under the mountain)   (pnsn.org) divider line 110
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2014-05-15 05:10:05 PM  
 
2014-05-15 05:16:35 PM  
It's also the tallest, according to today's Jeopardy.
 
2014-05-15 05:39:14 PM  
I can see that from my yard, really. Looks like we'll put off home renovations for awhile.
 
2014-05-15 07:12:24 PM  

JoieD'Zen: I can see that from my yard, really. Looks like we'll put off home renovations for awhile.


Don't invest in a family plot. Nature will take care of the arrangement free of charge.
 
2014-05-15 07:26:17 PM  
rrrraaaaainnnnniiiiiieeeeeerrrrrr beeeerrrrrrrrrrr
 
2014-05-15 07:27:42 PM  
Mendozaaaaaaa
 
2014-05-15 07:34:29 PM  

Omahawg: rrrraaaaainnnnniiiiiieeeeeerrrrrr beeeerrrrrrrrrrr


Now made in Compton. farking Compton. Not even someplace cool in California, like Santa Monica or Santa Cruz.

Compton.
 
2014-05-15 07:34:30 PM  
The scariest part is that many towns in the area, like Puyallup, are built directly on the lahars from past Rainier eruptions. That'll make for some interesting times when it blows again.  http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/old.2002/fs034-02/

/ Was driving through Yakima when St. Helens blew
// In an AMC Gremlin
/// With carburetor trouble
 
2014-05-15 07:34:38 PM  
The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-15 07:35:04 PM  
So do we Seattle Farkers set up a rally point to drink while the ash consumes us?
 
2014-05-15 07:35:12 PM  

haemaker: Here's to you, Mt. Rainier!


Ah, I remember those ads. Also remember sucking down more than a few Raindog pounders in college. Good times.
 
2014-05-15 07:40:45 PM  
That's some quality national nightmare fuel, there...
 
2014-05-15 07:41:07 PM  
How about volca-NO?
 
2014-05-15 07:41:17 PM  
Is there a seismologist standing on Mount Rainier saying; "Th-th-i-i-i-s-s-s m-m-ma-a-ak-ks-s m-m-my-y v-v-vo-o-oi-i-ic-ce s-s-so-o-o-ou-un-n-nd s-s-si-i-il-ll-ly-y"?
 
2014-05-15 07:42:07 PM  
i.imgur.com
I wouldn't worry about it.
 
2014-05-15 07:42:58 PM  

UncomfortableSilence: So do we Seattle Farkers set up a rally point to drink while the ash consumes us?


Volunteer park. Somebody bring pretzels.
 
2014-05-15 07:42:59 PM  

generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.

[i.imgur.com image 500x673]


The way I read that map all area rivers will be turned into steaming mudflows of molten hot magma essentially destroying the area Eco-system for 50 years and killing most of the fish in the sound leaving Tacoma and most areas south of Seattle unfit for human habitation.
 
2014-05-15 07:46:05 PM  

Tom_Slick: generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.

[i.imgur.com image 500x673]

... leaving Tacoma and most areas south of Seattle unfit for human habitation.


And how is that different from the way things are now?
 
2014-05-15 07:46:09 PM  
Let it blow, let it blow, can't hold me back anymore.
 
2014-05-15 07:46:52 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Tom_Slick: generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.

[i.imgur.com image 500x673]

... leaving Tacoma and most areas south of Seattle unfit for human habitation.

And how is that different from the way things are now?


The rivers aren't on fire
 
2014-05-15 07:47:50 PM  

Tom_Slick: generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.

[i.imgur.com image 500x673]

The way I read that map all area rivers will be turned into steaming mudflows of molten hot magma essentially destroying the area Eco-system for 50 years and killing most of the fish in the sound leaving Tacoma and most areas south of Seattle unfit for human habitation.


So only a little worse than what the pesticide/fertilizer runoff from industrial farming and the mercury from coal burning power plants are already doing.
 
2014-05-15 07:48:55 PM  
I hiked up to Camp Muir when I was 12 or so.  I really want to go back and climb to the top sometime.
 
2014-05-15 07:50:01 PM  

generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.


That would be an improvement.
 
2014-05-15 07:51:31 PM  

Tom_Slick: generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.

[i.imgur.com image 500x673]

The way I read that map all area rivers will be turned into steaming mudflows of molten hot magma essentially destroying the area Eco-system for 50 years and killing most of the fish in the sound leaving Tacoma and most areas south of Seattle unfit for human habitation.


Mudflow != molten lava.  It'll be like a huge cement flow coming down towards you - you can be crushed if it's moving fast enough, or encased when it slows and hardens, but not burned.
 
2014-05-15 07:54:22 PM  

JoieD'Zen: I can see that from my yard, really. Looks like we'll put off home renovations for awhile.


So can I, at least on clear days. Maybe I should have kept renting ...
 
2014-05-15 07:55:35 PM  
Yay! I live about 100 miles from Rainer. Far enough that lahars won't hurt me directly but close enough that I'll probably be unhappy if it ever blows.

/summited once with a guide company, very cool
 
2014-05-15 07:56:44 PM  

RenownedCurator: JoieD'Zen: I can see that from my yard, really. Looks like we'll put off home renovations for awhile.

So can I, at least on clear days. Maybe I should have kept renting ...


Just remember, don't set your house on fire until your neighbors are burning.
 
2014-05-15 07:57:07 PM  
(pnsn.org)

teehee penising
 
2014-05-15 07:57:59 PM  

generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.

[i.imgur.com image 500x673]


So there's no serious consequences then?
 
2014-05-15 07:58:42 PM  

PreMortem: It's also the tallest, according to today's Jeopardy.


Came here for this.
 
2014-05-15 07:58:47 PM  
"Orting! Orting! This is it" doesn't have the same ring to it.
 
2014-05-15 07:59:51 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: Mudflow != molten lava.  It'll be like a huge cement flow coming down towards you - you can be crushed if it's moving fast enough, or encased when it slows and hardens, but not burned.


Lahars (volcanic mudflows) can have temperatures up to the boiling point of water.  That's gonna leave a mark.
 
2014-05-15 08:02:14 PM  
Siri says I am 142 km from Mt Baker.

Is it time to panic?

(I'm currently lying in bed kinda stoned and enjoying a warm summer breeze and the sound of birds chirping outside so I hope it's not time to panic. My heart wouldn't be in it)
 
2014-05-15 08:03:27 PM  

Superjew: Skirl Hutsenreiter: Mudflow != molten lava.  It'll be like a huge cement flow coming down towards you - you can be crushed if it's moving fast enough, or encased when it slows and hardens, but not burned.

Lahars (volcanic mudflows) can have temperatures up to the boiling point of water.  That's gonna leave a mark.


Well Tacoma being a pit of boiling mud is actually an improvement.
 
2014-05-15 08:04:00 PM  

Tom_Slick: Mad_Radhu: Tom_Slick: generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.

[i.imgur.com image 500x673]

... leaving Tacoma and most areas south of Seattle unfit for human habitation.

And how is that different from the way things are now?

The rivers aren't on fire


Every iceberg is afire, tho'
 
2014-05-15 08:04:14 PM  
There's no actual indication it's going to erupt yet. Its seismic activity hasn't even merited much attention yet, hence subby linking to a map rather than an article. So get back to drinking and don't worry about it.
 
2014-05-15 08:05:17 PM  

MFAWG: Omahawg: rrrraaaaainnnnniiiiiieeeeeerrrrrr beeeerrrrrrrrrrr

Now made in Compton. farking Compton. Not even someplace cool in California, like Santa Monica or Santa Cruz.

Compton.


Could make for an interesting marketing hook for Vitamin R, but they'd never use it.
Hell, Oly is made in Irwindale now - how the hell do you market that?  "It's the water....what little there is of it....sorry, anyway...."
 
2014-05-15 08:06:29 PM  
Wait wait... RANIER? Why was I thinking Baker?

Mt. Ranier is over 300 km away.

/unsealing the panic room
 
2014-05-15 08:07:44 PM  
Dear Mt. Rainer,

Aim for Yakima.

Love,

Seattle

xoxo
 
2014-05-15 08:09:59 PM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Wait wait... RANIER? Why was I thinking Baker?

Mt. Ranier is over 300 km away.

/unsealing the panic room


Mt Baker is the one they've been talking about, even before St Helens-- it's just a matter of time, and counting.  Who knows, maybe its a realty publicity stunt.
 
2014-05-15 08:14:20 PM  
That mountain has a serious snow problem; the fire would help.
 
2014-05-15 08:14:21 PM  

generallyso: The major threat from Rainier is lahars, i.e. volcanic mudflows, which would flow right through Tacoma, WA.


You say it like its a bad thing.

/parents live in Orting
//making sure the will is complete
 
2014-05-15 08:21:39 PM  

AbiNormal: UncomfortableSilence: So do we Seattle Farkers set up a rally point to drink while the ash consumes us?

Volunteer park. Somebody bring pretzels.


It'll get crowded in the water tower.
 
2014-05-15 08:26:55 PM  

bentleypm: Dear Mt. Rainer,

Aim for Yakima.

Love,

Seattle

xoxo


No aim for Snoqualnie Ski area and put it out of its misery.
 
2014-05-15 08:28:50 PM  
I would rather have the volcano that's 100 miles away from me blow up than the one that is 35 miles away from me....
 
2014-05-15 08:36:43 PM  
I was supposed to be climbing Rainier next week.  Going to the beach instead.

/riveting story
 
2014-05-15 08:42:46 PM  

mab1823: I was supposed to be climbing Rainier next week.  Going to the beach instead.

/riveting story


Same.
 
2014-05-15 08:43:58 PM  

whither_apophis: "Orting! Orting! This is it" doesn't have the same ring to it.


Well played.

/my college geology professor worked with David Johnson.
//not that day
 
2014-05-15 08:45:00 PM  

RatMaster999: I hiked up to Camp Muir when I was 12 or so.  I really want to go back and climb to the top sometime.


Wait a little while and that climb might be a whole lot easier.
 
2014-05-15 08:49:40 PM  
I worked with a geologist in San Francisco who accurately predicted the Loma Prieta quake - and was ignored.  He said that if Rainier blows, rocks the size of houses will be raining on Seattle - because of the formation of Rainier itself.
 
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