Battle of The Bulges
March 25, 2004 3:19 PM   Subscribe

The Three Sisters have developed a bulge in recent years. Earthquake activity has increased significantly in recent days. The level of activity doesn't approach that of Mount St. Helens. Yet.
posted by quonsar (20 comments total)
 
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posted by quonsar at 3:22 PM on March 25, 2004


Is this the bulge?
posted by boredomjockey at 3:36 PM on March 25, 2004


... a bulge...

... activity has increased significantly...

... that of Mount St. Helens Yet.


(Or maybe it's just me and by browser...)
posted by NewBornHippy at 3:39 PM on March 25, 2004


How does one go about knocking up a volcano?
posted by mischief at 3:40 PM on March 25, 2004


*sticks fingers in ears*
posted by carter at 3:57 PM on March 25, 2004


With great care, I would imagine.
posted by fvw at 3:59 PM on March 25, 2004


What? Can't hear you.
posted by carter at 4:03 PM on March 25, 2004


Since I was in elementary school, we (Utahns) have been indocrinated with the belief that the Wasatch Front and its underlying faults are capable of...nay, EAGER TO unleash a 7.5 or better earthquake upon us, rendering our lovely smog-filled valley just so much rubble.

God, I eagerly await that moment.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:25 PM on March 25, 2004


Sorry, crash. It's probably still 1,000 years away. Close geologically, but still not time to spread out the blankets and get out the popcorn.
posted by weston at 5:00 PM on March 25, 2004


Nah, that's just Utah County (Provo, Orem, home of Brigham Young University).

Those of us further north still have the specter of total annihilation looming over our heads, which is as it should be.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:06 PM on March 25, 2004


I suppse the article does say "Brigham City seems overdue" ... so maybe the fun will start there first.
posted by weston at 5:16 PM on March 25, 2004


[ two of quonsars's links work perfectly if you just delete the extraneous "%20" in the URL. ]

Holy crap! This doesn't look good at all.

Check out the decadal seismic activity graph at the "increased significantly" link, and scroll down towards the bottom of the page for the decadal graph.
posted by troutfishing at 5:22 PM on March 25, 2004


Metafilter: the specter of total annihilation

Can we make a movie?
posted by namespan at 5:25 PM on March 25, 2004


Metafilter: the specter sphincter of total annihilation.
posted by dg at 5:50 PM on March 25, 2004


The Three Sisters have developed a bulge in recent years.

So have I. Hey, that's it! I'm a volcano! Thanks for the info, quonsar.

p.s. I was supposed to go to Mt. St. Helens the weekend it blew (two days before my birthday), and poke around on some back logging roads with my now-wife. Who had gone there with her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend on a dirt bike a few weekends earlier. (Locals were happy to point out to them how to get as close as possible.) Instead, we left Seattle by hydrofoil, and thus weren't even in the U.S. when a waitress in Victoria, B.C. told us things had blown sky-high back home.
posted by LeLiLo at 6:13 PM on March 25, 2004


And here's what the Volcanologists want you to believe about all the recent activity. Just a little intrusion of magma is likely. If there's one word it's easy to like, that word has got to be "magma".
posted by Salmonberry at 6:26 PM on March 25, 2004


Since I was in elementary school, we (Utahns) have been indocrinated with the belief that the Wasatch Front and its underlying faults are capable of...nay, EAGER TO unleash a 7.5 or better earthquake upon us, rendering our lovely smog-filled valley just so much rubble.

I remember watching TV as a kid and seeing various "scientific reports" that if a strong enough earthquake hit the Wasatch Front, the Great Salt Lake would develop a gigantic tsunami-like wave that would swallow the entire valley.

I suppose we all have our dreams.
posted by fatbobsmith at 6:37 PM on March 25, 2004


The South Sister, btw is a nice climb. Not technical, more of a trudge up loose rock scree and across some snowfields but there is a (usually) frozen lake in the crater and the view is lovely.

There has been volcanic activity in the form of big lava flows there within the past 400 years or so, or "today," geolocially.

It is a VERY wonderous place, the Three Sisters area. It's also scary to think what an eruption would do to the town of Sisters, or if massive mudflows would take out some dams and scour out the moderately populated McKenzie River Valley.

/tourguide
posted by Danf at 6:49 PM on March 25, 2004


Phew, when I read "Three Sisters", I thought you meant something a little closer to home. [See also: purty panoramas.]

This has been a message from the Blue Mountains Tourist Board.
posted by bright cold day at 6:58 PM on March 25, 2004


Nah, that's just Utah County (Provo, Orem, home of Brigham Young University).

I have it from a reliable source that Provo is quite safe from any potential natural disasters. :-)
posted by oissubke at 7:46 AM on March 26, 2004


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