This is especially bad news for folks working at Microsoft, Nike, Amazon and other places located near the base of active American volcanoes. Not good news for Naples or central Mexico either.
A British disaster expert says global warming could set off more volcanic activity and major earthquakes. Sort of a disaster bonus, if you will.
This warning's not from just another PhD. It's from Dr. Bill McGuire, head of University College London's Benfield Hazard Research Center. McGuire says heightened seismic and volcanic activity have always accompanied major climate change according to the geologic record. I guess that means if you don't believe in evolution or geologic history, you can dismiss McGuire's warning.
McGuire has helped establish a website that gathers all the latest on disasters past and present. To wallow in the misery of others, click here.
That's a glamor shot of Washington State's Mount Rainer from a National Park Service site. The same site tells you how convenient the volcano is to Seattle: "Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located in Seattle, Washington. The one-way distance from the Seattle to the town of Ashford, located just outside the Nisqually entrance in the southwest corner of the park, is 85 miles." Not far as the ash flies.