Have you ever lived near a dormant volcano? Well, some people do when it comes to that of Glacier Peak. Arguably, it’s among the most dangerous and perilous volcanoes you can find in the United States. It’s relatively dangerous because of how likely it can erupt. And while it has not for a long time, the threat remains very high. This is the greatest reason to replace the seismometers that surround the outskirts of the volcano. Federal agencies are all the more widespread enough to provide the best. More sensors allow for enough warning to watch out for more precious time to evacuate.
Government officials are tracking the GPS stations with the intention to detect and locate eight times the earthquakes. The equipment will track tremors, geologic changes and gas emissions upon the volcano’s surface. The seismometers are installing as quickly as the Summertime. When tracking has occurred by the Geological Survey assessment back in 2018, Glacier Peak has been notably seen as the 15th most deadly volcano in the nation, all out of 161 other volcanoes.
What’s the big deal with Glacier Peak anyway?
For starters, Glacier Peak is one of the most popping volcanoes in the Cascades. At a height of 10,541 feet, it’s hyperactive beyond compare, so says the Geological Survey. Only 13,000 years ago, for instance, the Glacier Peak volcano had blown off about five times more rock than the explosion of Mt. St. Helens. And that was during the Ice Age. Scientists are just now discovering how there’s volcanic mudflows, also known as lahars, going all along the Skagit rivers as well as the North Fork Stillaguamish. If there was even another eruption to occur today, communities like Darrington, Washington would be totally wiped out.
So the U.S. forest service wants to anticipate this by installing stations all around the perimeter. Each will include a seismometer, ten batteries, a fiberglass enclosure, solar panels and even antennae for GPS and data transfer. This is all according to reports from the Forest Service. On each site, every station is likely to total in 1,900 pounds, with each battery weighing about 70 pounds.
Each and every monitor would only take three days and five helicopter trips to fully set up. A helicopter could be necessary for every 3-5 years in order to swap out the batteries. Crews are not destined to be in the helicopters but they will check in and maintain the monitors by foot.
This is a big deal as already 11,000 people visit Glacier Peak Wilderness every year, with about 930 visitors actually climbing the volcano on an annual basis.