Science: Watching Baker Bubble

Northern Washington State's volcanic Mount Baker has not belched fire since the late 1860s. But now the 10,778-ft. peak may be clearing its massive throat for another outburst. Increasing volcanic activity has produced clouds of sulfurous gases and a plume of steam that can be seen in Seattle, some 90 miles away. Mount Baker's stirrings are causing some uneasiness in the town of Concrete (pop. 600), which lies at the mountain's base. While there is little chance that the town will suffer the fate of ancient Pompeii, the U.S. Forest Service has been...

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