Saturday, September 10, 2005

Oregonians Not to Worry -Yet: Vulcanism at Work

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - A large, slow-growing volcanic bulge in Eastern Oregon is attracting the attention of seismologists who say that the rising ground could be the beginnings of a volcano or simply magma shifting underground. The article Scientists find growing land bulge in Oregon is written by Teresa Carson.

The bulge is estimated to due to a subterreanean lake 1 mile across and 65 feet deep 4.5 miles below the surface, that is filling with fluid (thought to be magma). The site is located in a sparsely populated area 25 miles to the west of Bend, Oregon.

Even if you on the center of this area, you would not be able to see, feel or smell anything, seismologists said. It could be eons before more is noticed, or it could develope fumaroles (visible vents from which volcanic gas escapes) overnight.


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