Hawaii isn't the only state with active volcanoes. Washington also has five major volcanoes that are considered active: Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Glacier Peak. Unlike Hawaiian volcanoes that ooze molten lava, volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest are known for sending choking ash, hot rocks, and poisonous gases high into the sky. Lahars, which are deadly mixes of hot mud, ash, and other debris, are also a big concern.
May is Volcano Preparedness Month. Make sure you know what to do if a volcano erupts.
- Learn about community warning systems, emergency plans, and volcano evacuation routes
- Be prepared for ashfall, mudflows, earthquakes, and other hazards that accompany volcanic eruptions
- Plan two evacuation routes out of your neighborhood
- Have goggles and disposable breathing masks for each member of your household
- Follow emergency officials instructions and stay out of volcano evacuation zones