MAY 20, 1990, KELSO WASHINGTON: SCIENTISTS ARE NOW WARNING that the volcanoes of the North Western United States which had been silent for so long before the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1990., are now rumbling. Mount Baker, Mount Rainier in Washington State as is Mount St. Helens, and Mount Shasta in California are showing some signs of activity such as minor steam eruptions and bulging. Mt. Rainier is perhaps the most dangerous of the volcanoes in the Cascades because of its potential for destruction of a huge area of Puget Sound Lowlands.
It is noted that 21,000 deaths occurred in a Columbian village when a volcano blew there a few years ago. Population centres are flourishing today in the paths of flooding and mudflow of these American volcanoes. Perhaps Mt. St. Helens was only a warning?? Scientists are now warning that the next eruption of any of these volcanoes could have six times the force of the 1990 eruption. Tom Pierson, a United States Geological Survey Geologist as the Cascades volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington give this warning. He thinks that Mt. ST. Helens is the most likely to erupt soon but is watching these others as well for the Cascades run from Northern California to Southern British Columbia