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Xeke
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(08-09-2012, 03:17 AM)
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People in the past made a point to point out that New Orleans isn't the best city location being below sea level in Hurricane territory. But what of Seattle and Mt. Rainier? If that thing goes off like St. Helens the city is pretty much done for.

Anyone in Seattle GAF have a thought about this?
WesternHeretic
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(08-09-2012, 03:20 AM)
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Originally Posted by Xeke

People in the past made a point to point out that New Orleans isn't the best city location being below sea level in Hurricane territory. But what of Seattle and Mt. Rainier? If that thing goes off like St. Helens the city is pretty much done for.

Anyone in Seattle GAF have a thought about this?

It's not that big of a deal. Hypothetically speaking if it blows the farthest it gets is Auburn WA. Most likely it ends somewhere between Renton and Kent WA.

https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-...&ved=0CKABELYD

You can kind of see where those city are from Seattle.

There's also escape route already marked out and everything. I remember taking a geology class in college and the professor went over everything.

The worst is obviously the mud slide that follows.
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(08-09-2012, 03:20 AM)
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pje122
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(08-09-2012, 03:21 AM)
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It's worth checking out if you're in Seattle.
rando14
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(08-09-2012, 03:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by WesternHeretic

It's not that big of a deal. Hypothetically speaking if it blows the farthest it gets is Auburn WA.

There's also escape route already marked out and everything. I remember taking a geology class in college and the professor went over everything.

The worst is obviously the mud slide that follows.

This is correct. Actual tephra from any eruption likely wouldn't even get close to Seattle. Mudslides could spread quite far and do damage, however.

Also, of course, if a significant amount of ash was released, that could have a severe national effect.
outunderthestars
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(08-09-2012, 03:22 AM)
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I'd be more concerned about the volcano at Yellowstone than Rainier.

Xeke
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(08-09-2012, 03:26 AM)
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Originally Posted by rando14

This is correct. Actual tephra from any eruption likely wouldn't even get close to Seattle. Mudslides could spread quite far and do damage, however.

Also, of course, if a significant amount of ash was released, that could have a severe national effect.

Well it is only wikipedia but they have this to say,

Not only is there much ice atop the volcano, the volcano is also slowly being weakened by hydrothermal activity. According to Geoff Clayton, a geologist with a Washington State Geology firm, RH2 Engineering, a repeat of the Osceola mudflow would destroy Enumclaw, Orting, Kent, Auburn, Puyallup, Sumner and all of Renton.[25] Such a mudflow might also reach down the Duwamish estuary and destroy parts of downtown Seattle, and cause tsunamis in Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

ClovingWestbrook
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(08-09-2012, 03:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by outunderthestars

I'd be more concerned about the volcano at Yellowstone than Rainier.

I hate you... ugh
coldvein
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(08-09-2012, 03:29 AM)
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i drove out to mt. rainier a couple months ago, was awesome. it's crazy that in seattle you look at it and its so big and HUGE and just seems like its right there, but then you get in a car and it takes a couple of hours to actually get to it. impressive mountain.
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(08-09-2012, 03:31 AM)
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Midwest is in danger too!

Big-E
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(08-09-2012, 03:33 AM)
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Here in Vancouver we have the large mountain chains but there is something majestic about the lone large mountains of Baker and Rainier.
rando14
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(08-09-2012, 03:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by Xeke

Well it is only wikipedia but they have this to say,

The Osceola mudflow was the most catastrophic mud flow from Mt Rainier in the last 10,000 yr, and was over 10x as large as any other known lahar (mud flow). It would really need to be a humongous flow to even approach Osceola levels.
big_z
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(08-09-2012, 03:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by outunderthestars

I'd be more concerned about the volcano at Yellowstone than Rainier.

are the neogaf servers in the brown area? on another map of the danger zone where i live in canada is just within the edge. just want to make sure gaf stays up so i have something to do as i slowly die.
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rObit
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(08-09-2012, 03:39 AM)
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I live 5 miles outside the park entrance for Mt. Rainier. You can't worry about some stuff man. If it ever does erupt, I will accept my warm lava-y fate with open arms.
big_z
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(08-09-2012, 03:44 AM)
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Originally Posted by Delightful Oonsk

I live 5 miles outside the park entrance for Mt. Rainier. You can't worry about some stuff man. If it ever does erupt, I will accept my warm lava-y fate with open arms.

lava wont kill you. it's the shock wave of acidic air that melts your flesh and burns out your lungs that you have to worry about. just remember to strike a pose before you get hit like the guy below having one last wank.

outunderthestars
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(08-09-2012, 03:45 AM)
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Originally Posted by Delightful Oonsk

I live 5 miles outside the park entrance for Mt. Rainier. You can't worry about some stuff man. If it ever does erupt, I will accept my warm lava-y fate with open arms.

At least you have a beautiful view up until the end of your life. :)
Bread
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(08-09-2012, 03:46 AM)
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Originally Posted by big_z

lava wont kill you. it's the shock wave of acidic air that melts your flesh and burns out your lungs that you have to worry about. just remember to strike a pose before you get hit like the guy below having one last wank.

a true hero
coldvein
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(08-09-2012, 03:48 AM)
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Originally Posted by big_z

lava wont kill you. it's the shock wave of acidic air that melts your flesh and burns out your lungs that you have to worry about. just remember to strike a pose before you get hit like the guy below having one last wank.

i've seen that dude!!! pompeii had some creepy shit.. like moms trying to shelter their babies and stuff. yeedch
The Technomancer
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(08-09-2012, 03:48 AM)
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The Mt. Rainier area is amazing. I went camping there for a week or so a few years back, one of the best vacations I've ever taken.
coldvein
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(08-09-2012, 03:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by The_Technomancer

The Mt. Rainier area is amazing. I went camping there for a week or so a few years back, one of the best vacations I've ever taken.

were you in the park? someday i want to hike the whole wonderland trail which goes all the way around the mountain. five days or so.
outunderthestars
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(08-09-2012, 03:52 AM)
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Originally Posted by coldvein

were you in the park? someday i want to hike the whole wonderland trail which goes all the way around the mountain. five days or so.

It is an amazing hike! I don't think you'd be able to knock it out in five days. It has 22,000 feet of elevation gain over 93 miles. That is like summiting Rainier 2.5 times.




9-12 days is average.
The Technomancer
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(08-09-2012, 03:52 AM)
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Originally Posted by coldvein

were you in the park? someday i want to hike the whole wonderland trail which goes all the way around the mountain. five days or so.

I don't remember the exact geography (we did a fair amount of driving between Rainier and St. Helens to get the best hiking in) but we did a bunch of hiking in the middle of the rainforest and an entire day in the lava tube caverns.
coldvein
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(08-09-2012, 03:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by outunderthestars

It is an amazing hike! I don't think you'd be able to knock it out in five days. It has 22,000 feet of elevation gain over 93 miles. That is like summiting Rainier 2.5 times.




9-12 days is average.

that many days!? got daaaaamn. for some reason i thought it was shorter. :\
outunderthestars
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(08-09-2012, 03:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by coldvein

that many days!? got daaaaamn. for some reason i thought it was shorter. :\

It is totally worth the time. I'd put it in the top ten trails everyone should complete. :)

I can think of worse places to spend two weeks:

freenudemacusers
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(08-09-2012, 03:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by Delightful Oonsk

I live 5 miles outside the park entrance for Mt. Rainier. You can't worry about some stuff man. If it ever does erupt, I will accept my warm lava-y fate with open arms.

Heh, my wife's parents are in graham. They will be dust people.
Atenhaus
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(08-09-2012, 03:59 AM)
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If anything, those living in Tacoma (me) would be affected greatly by the eruption of Mt. Rainier.

We're a city of ~200,000 30 miles south of Seattle.
outunderthestars
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(08-09-2012, 04:02 AM)
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Originally Posted by Atenhaus

If anything, those living in Tacoma (me) would be affected greatly by the eruption of Mt. Rainier.

We're a city of ~200,000 30 miles south of Seattle.


yep.




Karma Kramer
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(08-09-2012, 04:03 AM)
I'm more concerned about an Earthquake hitting the Seattle area soon.
Daydream Sequence
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(08-09-2012, 04:11 AM)
Not worried. It's worth living in this beautiful city.
MjFrancis
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(08-09-2012, 04:14 AM)
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It's Russian Roulette with the trigger being pulled every few hundred years. It will destroy a generation while leaving dozens of others to bask in the splendor of the mountain.

Of course, in the Pacific Northwest we don't have droughts, cold snaps, heat waves, hurricanes, tornadoes or any other natural calamity as other regions of the United States face on a regular basis. Living in the shadow of Mt. Rainier for most of my life, I'll take my chances with the mountain.
Pizarro
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(08-09-2012, 04:28 AM)

Originally Posted by big_z

lava wont kill you. it's the shock wave of acidic air that melts your flesh and burns out your lungs that you have to worry about. just remember to strike a pose before you get hit like the guy below having one last wank.

I was already cracking up when I saw your tag.
jb1234
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(08-09-2012, 04:39 AM)
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Yeah, Seattle wouldn't be affected much by this. Tacoma, on the other hand... :|

I'm more concerned about an Earthquake hitting the Seattle area soon.

I hate earthquakes. We don't have them very often (it's been eleven years since the last significant one) but they always cause quite a stir.
CorvoSol
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(08-09-2012, 04:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by Xeke

People in the past made a point to point out that New Orleans isn't the best city location being below sea level in Hurricane territory. But what of Seattle and Mt. Rainier? If that thing goes off like St. Helens the city is pretty much done for.

Anyone in Seattle GAF have a thought about this?

And if Yellow Stone ever explodes again (for which it is apparently several thousand years overdue) a lot more than Seattle were going to be gone. Life on Earth has its inherent risks. I'd rather live in the shadow of a dormant volcano than in the path of a hurricane.
freenudemacusers
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(08-09-2012, 05:17 AM)
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look at all these puget sound gaf-bros.
BankaiZaraki
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(08-09-2012, 05:23 AM)
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The only thing I miss about living in Olympia 6 years ago was the gorgeous view I had in my 6th story apt. As soon as you opened the blinds, BAM! Mt. Rainier...such a beautiful sight to wake up to. And when I lived in Mukilteo(near Everett) back in 2000 on a clear dayw my family could see Mt. Baker.
rObit
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(08-09-2012, 05:38 AM)
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Originally Posted by big_z

lava wont kill you. it's the shock wave of acidic air that melts your flesh and burns out your lungs that you have to worry about. just remember to strike a pose before you get hit like the guy below having one last wank.

Oh, alright then. Acidic shock wave it is.

Originally Posted by macuser1of5

Heh, my wife's parents are in graham. They will be dust people.

Ah Graham, the nearest semblance of civilization.
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(08-09-2012, 05:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by Delightful Oonsk

Oh, alright then. Acidic shock wave it is.



Ah Graham, the nearest semblance of civilization.

yikes, if graham counts as civilization lol...
rObit
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(08-09-2012, 05:51 AM)
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Originally Posted by macuser1of5

yikes, if graham counts as civilization lol...

Dude they got a Walmart. What else could you want?
_woLf
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(08-09-2012, 05:53 AM)
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I'm fairly sure I've seen a lot of research that says Seattle would be pretty unaffected, but Tacompton would be toast.
Allard
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(08-09-2012, 05:58 AM)

Originally Posted by _woLf

I'm fairly sure I've seen a lot of research that says Seattle would be pretty unaffected, but Tacompton would be toast.

<-- Tacoma :(
soco
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(08-09-2012, 06:01 AM)
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It would definitely affect Seattle to some extent, but it may never happen in our lifetime.
Xero
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(08-09-2012, 08:12 PM)
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Throw me in with the tacoma crowd. Don't worry tacoma gaf, I will stand in front of it and say "You Shall not Pass!" and save tacoma.
richiek
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(08-09-2012, 08:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by big_z

lava wont kill you. it's the shock wave of acidic air that melts your flesh and burns out your lungs that you have to worry about. just remember to strike a pose before you get hit like the guy below having one last wank.



So that's why Darth Vader needs an iron lung.
Cat Party
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(08-09-2012, 08:21 PM)
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I have yet to see a doomsday scenario where Portland goes down, so I'm feeling pretty good.
Justin
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(08-09-2012, 08:23 PM)
I live in the Puyallup area and it still amazes me every time when I get off the freeway in the South Hill area and Rainier is filling the entire horizon. It is so beautiful.
freenudemacusers
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(08-09-2012, 08:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cat Party

I have yet to see a doomsday scenario where Portland goes down, so I'm feeling pretty good.

And if it did, Portland can die happy knowing it was locally produced ash. :D
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(08-09-2012, 08:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cat Party

I have yet to see a doomsday scenario where Portland goes down, so I'm feeling pretty good.

Except for the large of ash that you will choke to death with when the Yellowstone Volcano blows. Also, the sun being blocked out because of it will also cause problems.
CorvoSol
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(08-09-2012, 11:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by BankaiZaraki

The only thing I miss about living in Olympia 6 years ago was the gorgeous view I had in my 6th story apt. As soon as you opened the blinds, BAM! Mt. Rainier...such a beautiful sight to wake up to. And when I lived in Mukilteo(near Everett) back in 2000 on a clear dayw my family could see Mt. Baker.

Rainier beats Baker any day, though. Sorry, Dad, but my Mountain is cooler than yours.

Which reminds me of a terrible joke!

According to ancient camping legend, Mt. Rainier was once married to Mt. St. Helens. But as we all know, Rainier is often covered in clouds, and it lost sight of its wife. When at last the clouds parted, Mt. St. Helens saw Mt. Rainier with Mt. Baker. Then she blew up.

I said it was terrible!
jb1234
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(08-10-2012, 02:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by Cat Party

I have yet to see a doomsday scenario where Portland goes down, so I'm feeling pretty good.

A major earthquake could easily take Portland out (not to mention Seattle)... and we're overdue.
outunderthestars
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(08-10-2012, 02:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by Cat Party

I have yet to see a doomsday scenario where Portland goes down, so I'm feeling pretty good.

Some sort of viral outbreak that kills hipsters, drug addicts, and Batistas should do it.

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