Is It Safe to Live Near a Volcano?
ES0907  Mount Rainier near Seattle-Tacoma

Lyn Topinka, USGS
Mount Rainier, with Tacoma, Washington in foreground.

Geologists monitor many of the Cascade peaks for signs of an eruption, but they watch Mount Rainier especially closely because of its proximity to large cities.

Imagine how this image might look if Mount Rainier were to experience an eruption similar to Mount St. Helens.

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