Active Volcano Mt. Rainer Shaken By 'Swarm' Of 23 Earthquakes

Tyler Durden's picture

Don’t panic - it's only an active volcano. What’s the worst that could happen?

Some two dozen earthquakes have shaken Washington State’s Mt. Rainer over the past two weeks – but seismologists say people who live nearby shouldn’t panic.

“In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out,” said Paul Bodin, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington.

The first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano’s summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6. During the same period, Mexico experienced two of the deadliest earthquakes in decades.  

According to the Seattle Times, earthquake swarms typically don’t signify that an eruption is imminent.

“So I’m treating this as a single eyebrow raised halfway,” [Bodin] wrote. “Yeah, I see you and will be watching, but I don’t think you’re going to attack.”

Most volcanic quake swarms are caused by changes in temperature or groundwater pressure underneath the volcano that causes cracking in the rocks. The recent quakes have been shallow, suggesting that they are not connected to the deep movement of magma – which would be a much more ominous signal.

While we might be tempted to dismiss the ongoing quake swarms under normal circumstances, persistent rumblings underneath another powerful volcano located two states over in Wyoming. The Yellowstone Caldera has experienced more than 1,400 low-level quakes since mid-June, alarming scientists who say that an eruption of the yellowstone "supervolcano" could cause potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths across the US.  Those quakes followed the strongest earthquake recorded in Montana in more than three decades. Anecdotally, it would seem, seismic activity across the US appears to be on the rise.

To be sure, the ST said Rainier experienced similar upticks in the past two years, and a more sustained episode in 2009.

But totally writing off the threat seems foolish.

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wisehiney's picture

I watched that stupid hollywood movie.

But damn.


Just a warning y'all.

I have goosebumps right now.

Usually a sign of good things.

But a slightly different tingle this time.

I would cuddle with my spouse just as tightly as you did twenty years ago if I was you, ladies.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

My response: 23Sep17 is a special day which occurs on Saturday. 

The storms on the east coast are doing a dance as well for all to see look to be headed toward Washington DC as one possibility.

Next two days should be very interesting to say the least.

I would have to say GOD has our attention. 

Thu, Sep 21 Rosh Hashana

Sat, Sep 23 Shabbat Shuva

Sat, Sep 30 Yom Kippur

World Cash Day's picture

We're a year out.

18-9-18 to 18-10-18 is the month to watch.

The old "October Surprise".

old naughty's picture

b,b,but, let's get thru 22-9-17 to 21-10-17 first, eh?

RafterManFMJ's picture

So you’re saying Saturday is the debt jubilee? Sweet!

wisehiney's picture

My old lady will be gone in a flash.

I somehow know that I will not get out that easy.

But she is still not interested in my way back snuggle theory.

At all.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

September 23, 1957...Buddy Holly's "That'll be the Day" hits #1 on the music charts.

buttmint's picture

...yeah...that was the Day the music really did die!

ArthurDaley-OldieTimeTrader's picture

23rd is also St Padre Pio's Feast day  He forewarned of the 3 days of darkness that is to come..

ReadyforLiftoff's picture

Revelations 12 seems to be playing out in the heavens. No clue what the hell it means. Maybe nothing, but it sure seems that with all of the natural disasters lately, there might be something to the September 23 2017 star alignment called out in Revelations 12. Will something biblical happen?  Certainly nothing I can do about it. Its all over the internet. Quite fascinating. More popcorn.

Bigly's picture

Can someone link Debbie Harry .. Rapture

political_proxy's picture

Well, I still have a day to read it through.

ebworthen's picture

If we just ban pogo-sticks and jumping up and down, we can stop these earthquakes!

End global shaking now!

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

ATTENTION! ALL PEOPLE IN CHINA...Stand on your chairs NOW, and simultaneously jump on command...3, 2, 1, GO!

Buck Johnson's picture

I'm with you, I think with all the natural disasters happening that it's not all out of a probability that Rainer could erupt.


Besides the Yellowstone Caldera it's the most dangerous volcano in the US.



TeamDepends's picture

Greetings from the End Times!

end times prophet's picture

Greetings from the end times prophet

Implied Violins's picture

Wow...I always pictured your avatar as a homeless person carrying a sign with that saying. But somehow yours is more fitting. Scary...

- and I missed "End Times Prophet" above you. Goddam. I guess this is really it!! Fuck, I need a beer...

cyberfossil's picture

"Greetings from the End Times!" Do you mean the Cubs repeat at the World Series? That would be the final Capstone event to this Trilogy of Fire, Earthquake and Storms!

Implied Violins's picture

Nope. That would be the Indians, reclaiming their homeland. I'm calling it here!! - Because every other scenario sucks donkey dicks.

Rapunzal's picture

Even earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are inflationary, end the FED !

Francis Marx's picture

Must keep the disasters going. Were on a roll

freeasabee1's picture

As a life long Nihilist I welcome the doom.   Fuck this shithole Earth.

land_of_the_few's picture

And cool to see they have just renamed it Mt. "Rainer", is that because it rains ash sometimes? :D

Waiting for the next article, about Prince Rainman of Monaco.

nmewn's picture

Somebody wake me when we've got Magma Sharks being ejected. 

Secret Weapon's picture

Waiting for Sharknado 7.

buzzardsluck's picture

Im waiting for nmewn and pods to post on the same thread   hurry up    only two days until most perish.

El Hosel's picture

Don't Panick until you see the whites of all the other panickers eyes..... Fuck, its not that complicated.

bkwaz4's picture

And make sure you know where your towel is.

Proofreder's picture


B E    P R E P A R E D !!!

Implied Violins's picture

But what if their whites are red? Volcanoes do shit like that...ah shit, just shoot. That's even less complicated.

Village-idiot's picture

Assuming this article is referring to Mt Rainier (not Mt Rainer) then check out this map and note how close the volcanoes are to the Hanford Nuclear Power plant.


Victory_Garden's picture

And the entire country is downwind.

They have already been seeing higher readings all across country.

Sad to think that everyone in the US is slowly being radiation poisoned to death....especially those in the northeastern quarter of the country. Are they ever in for a shatstorm a comin.

As long as mankind remains ignorant of the environmental destruction happening every day, they will continue to slowly die. Believe it or not...times are gonna get a lot worse as the Lord Returns.


Totally unrelated.:

Why Trump Needs to Shut Mueller Down Now!






buttmint's picture

...I have a great idea...let's empty the Treasury and MOVE all of Hanford to Yellowstone!!!


what could go wrong?

Obsidian Samctum's picture

E.T phone home!!! E.T PHOnE HOME!!!!!!!!

HRH Feant2's picture

Hurry! Call the popo's dammit! We need the popo here now!

kbohip's picture

I won't worry until I see Pierce Brosnan driving an SUV into a mine shaft.

HRClinton's picture

Linda-what's-her-name (movie director James Cameron's ex-wife) had the mine shaft open and ready, for Brosnan/Bond to drive it in.

Dun_Dulind's picture

Woo!! Volcanado, Nibirustone, ISONicane!

September 23rd can NOT get here soon enough!!

yogibear's picture

Come on fat-boy Un, test a couple more nukes and trigger your super volcano.

That will mess up China as well. 

buttmint's picture

...I am sending money to 'Lil Kim---when he fires off a nuke--he hits DC when the Clinton's, Bush's and ObamaTwinMales are all in town, doing a circle jerk!

wisehiney's picture

That jackass woody harrelson was pretty good often.

One of the tiny handful of "artists" that were worth their stupid liberal shit.

Yellowstone Supervolcano - ZH type maniac.......

IronShield's picture

Let's see, an "official" tells you not to panic. F-that; PANIC!