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Mount Rainier— Living safely with a volcano in your backyard

September 7, 2008

Majestic Mount Rainier soars almost 3 miles (14,410 feet) above sea level and looms over the expanding suburbs of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Each year almost two million visitors come to Mount Rainier National Park to admire the volcano and its glaciers, alpine meadows, and forested ridges. However, the volcano's beauty is deceptive - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research shows that Mount Rainier is one of our Nation's most dangerous volcanoes. It has been the source of countless eruptions and volcanic mudflows (lahars) that have surged down valleys on its flanks and buried broad areas now densely populated. To help people live more safely with the volcano, USGS scientists are working closely with local communities, emergency managers, and the National Park Service.

Publication Year 2008
Title Mount Rainier— Living safely with a volcano in your backyard
DOI 10.3133/fs20083062
Authors Carolyn L. Driedger, William E. Scott
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2008-3062
Index ID fs20083062
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Volcano Hazards Program