What is happening on the West Coast? I have always had a fear of earthquakes and don’t think I would ever live permanently near the coast, anywhere on the Pacific Rim. I figured I would be ok for a few months this year, but this morning I read that a 4.6 quake was recorded in the vicinity of Seattle, and there are fears that Mt. Redoubt near Anchorage is going to erupt again. And to think I will be working this summer at the site of some weird stuff going on – fumaroles, hot springs, steamy bubbling mud pots, some even along the road and some you view from a boardwalk. (The sulphur smell can be overwhelming at times.) It is described as one of only two active volcanos in the continental US. While I knew it had been a volcano, thus the name of the park, I didn’t know the active part of it. I will be in sight of Mt. Shasta, the second highest volcano in the US and the 2nd highest peak in the Cascades. Now I’m wondering why I’ve been so hot to buy an emergency weather radio!
Wikipedia describes Mt. Lassen as the largest plug dome volcano in the world. Something about the word “plug” makes me a bit uneasy. After all, we know what happens when we pull the plug out of a bottle of champagne!
Thankfully I am due at Fort Pulaski (coastal Georgia) after the hurricane season is officially over, but then I will have to dodge tornados as I make my way back across the country next year. No use staying in the Midwest – ice storms & snow in winter, and floods in spring.
Seriously though, I’m not afraid of anything or any place. Mother Nature moves much more slowly than we do – we are just a speck in time – but I’d rather my speck not be around when the “big one” hits.
UPDATE: A couple of hours after I wrote this post I learned that both Chile and Colombia have evacuated people from the imminent eruption of volcanos in those countries, both on the Pacific Rim and the “ring of Fire”.