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Published: Thursday, May 10, 2012, 2:07 p.m.

Cascades Volcano Observatory watches more than NW

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Cascades Volcano Observatory was created because of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, but the Vancouver lab does more than monitor threatening mountains in Washington and Oregon.
Experts from the observatory have recently been dispatched to volcanoes in Indonesia and Colombia. The lab also studies how sediments move through rivers.
The Columbian reported that it's one of only five volcanic observatories operated by the U. S. Geological Survey. It has a staff of 55.
Their main job remains monitoring seismic activity at volcanoes. Five are considered active in Washington: Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and Glacier Peak.
Story tags » VancouverVolcano

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