Geologists working to mitigate Mount Rainier hazard


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Someday the modern metropolitan Seattle-Tacoma area may wake up to find itself a lot like ancient Pompeii—buried in a tomb of pyroclastic ash. But area inhabitants, even in the worst of possible eruption scenarios, will likely fare better than Pompeiians, thanks to an effort by Earth scientists, policy makers, civil authorities, and the like to get ahead of the volcanic hazard curve, tells Richard S. Fiske, a Smithsonian Institution geologist, who chaired a National Research Council (NRC) study released last week on Washington's Mount Rainier.