Thursday, April 30, 2015

See Behind the Doors... Cascades Volcano Observatory Open House May 2nd

This May marks the 35th Anniversary of the eruption of Mount St Helens.  In commemorations, the Cascades Volcano Observatory which just happens to be in our back yard here in Vancouver, will be hosting an Open House May 2, 2015 from 10:00am - 5:00p. The Observatory is located at in the Columbia Tech Center on the corner of 164th Ave and 15th SThe Open House will feature opportunities to talk with volcanologists about their research, monitoring equipment demonstrations, and hands-on science activities.

"The 1980's unrest and eruption of Mount St Helens were defining moments for volcano science and crisis response.  So much of how we respond to eruptions around the world today evovled from our experiences here" stated John Ewert, Scientist-in-Charge at Cascades Volcano Observatory.  While touring the facility during the Open House, you will witness exhibits that show the progress made in monitoring Cascades volcanoes, volcano science, hazard assessment, monitoring technology, eruption forecasting and future plans.  

The recent eruption of Chile's Calbuco Volcano has once again brought attention to these sleeping giants in our back yards that we live among.  This Open House is  a great opportunity to see behind the scenes and take a closer look at the science involved in monitoring and understanding when the next eruption may happen in keeping us safe. 

For more information about the Cascades Volcano Observatory, please visit their website at:

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