Waiting for the Second Geological Shoe to Drop

Causing more than 200 injuries and well more than $2 billion in damage, last week's 6.8-magnitude Pacific Northwest earthquake was bad enough--but it wasn't the Big One experts say is still to come. While geologists predict a mega-quake still lies in Seattle's future, they are also looking at a different, equally dangerous big one that is literally looming on the city's horizon: MOUNT RAINIER, the snowcapped volcano that lies 50 miles to the southeast. Though slumbering, Rainier is still active, and last week's quake might have loosened deep rocks that hold molten magma and hot gases in check. This could send...

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