With the weather turning warmer, more people are going to volcano hazard zones for sport and other recreation. One to two volcanic eruptions have occurred each century over the past 4,000 years. Since the United States declared independence in 1776, a little more than 200 years ago, seven area volcanoes have erupted.
May 18 marks the 27th anniversary of the state's largest volcanic eruption, Mount St. Helens in 1980. The Fire Department's Emergency Preparedness team invites you to learn steps you can take to prepare for the many hazards that an active volcano can present.
Here are links to helpful websites:
Department of Health "Volcanoes" handout
Cascades Volcano Observatory
Volcano Hazards Program
National Park Service Mount Rainier Site
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