Washington volcanoes http://kplu.org en Caught on tape! Undersea volcano erupts off Northwest coast http://kplu.org/post/caught-tape-undersea-volcano-erupts-northwest-coast NEWPORT, Ore. - For the first time, we're getting to listen to the eruption of an undersea volcano off the Northwest coast. Correspondent Tom Banse got a hold of unusual recordings made at a place called Axial Seamount. It's about 300 miles out to sea from Cannon Beach, Oregon.<p>Researchers from Oregon State University deployed instruments on the seafloor in anticipation of an eruption at Axial Seamount last year. At first, an underwater microphone - called a hydrophone - captured the low-frequency rumblings of small earthquakes. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:45:52 +0000 Tom Banse 5239 at http://kplu.org Caught on tape! Undersea volcano erupts off Northwest coast When Rainier blows, volcanic mudflow could cost us $6 billion http://kplu.org/post/when-rainier-blows-volcanic-mudflow-could-cost-us-6-billion <p><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not a question of if, but when, the next volcanic event will occur&rdquo;</em></p><p>When it blows, Mount Rainier might produce &ldquo;Lahar,&rdquo; or volcanic mudflow, that could cause property losses of up to $6 billion in the Puyallup Valley, <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/ger_ic113_mt_rainier_lahar_hazards.pdf">a new study by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources shows</a>.</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 22:23:01 +0000 Jake Ellison 5209 at http://kplu.org When Rainier blows, volcanic mudflow could cost us $6 billion