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

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.


wisehiney Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:00 Permalink

I watched that stupid hollywood movie.But damn.Saturday?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 wisehiney Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:08 Permalink

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 HashanaSat, Sep 23 Shabbat ShuvaSat, Sep 30 Yom Kippur

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ReadyforLiftoff GUS100CORRINA Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:50 Permalink

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.

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Victory_Garden Never_Put_Down Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:11 Permalink

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!… +   

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