Well, there are several scientists who should be breathing a sigh of relief right now. Why? Because I won’t be able to go and pester them incessantly with questions at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory Open House this Saturday.
I’ll be out of town for the weekend. Otherwise I would SO be there. I want learn more about lahars, and fumeroles, and Jökulhlaups. (Yes, those are all real words.) I also want to ask them about how exactly the volcano warning system works, since the first step of how to be prepared for a volcanic eruption is to “learn more about your community warning systems and emergency plans.” Back in the Midwest we had city-wide tornado drills all the time. Everyone knew what a tornado siren sounded like. But is there such a thing as a volcano siren here? I’ve never heard one. (If you have the answer, please enlighten me in the comments.)
But, *sigh*, I won’t be able to go. If you go to the open house, please send me photos and tell me all about it! In the meantime I will content myself with listening to this very educational song about volcanoes…
The Volcano Song by Logan Whitehurst & The Junior Science Club