Magma Chamber of Mount Rainier mapped
Magma Chamber of Mount Rainier has been mapped. The volcano is the highest peak in the Cascade Mountains Range and situated 50 miles approx southeast of Seattle. The mapping illustrated that the magma chamber ventures out 6-10 miles to the northwest of the volcano. It is around 30-45 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area.
At the University of Utah Energy & Geoscience Institute and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Phil Wannamaker geophysicist stated, "This is the most direct image yet capturing the melting process that feeds magma into a crustal reservoir that eventually is tapped for eruptions. But, it does not provide any information on the timing of future eruptions".
The researchers did not really analyze the gaps from which the lava will burst out when the volcano will explode in the future. Presently, volcanoes in Washington are enjoying state-of-the-art examination. To drill 23 holes into the mountain, around 75 geophysicists from different corners of the planet will meet around Mount St. Helens.
Throughout the event which is scheduled for this weekend, the scientists will locate about 3,500 seismic sensors near the volcano. The fixing of the devices will mark the ultimate preparation for a project through which scientists aim to mapping to the volcano.
The images have been created of how the magma gathers in a reservoir which is situated about 5 miles underneath the mountain.
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