Computer simulation shows where volcanic ash could go if Mount Baker erupts
The Bellingham Herald
February 22, 2015
A computer simulation delves 6,600 years into the past to show where volcanic ash would go if Mount Baker blew today.
The simulation is on the website of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center atmbvrc.wordpress.com. Bellingham geologist Dave Tucker, who is an expert on the volcanic history of Mount Baker, is the director of the nonprofit research center.
The model helps answer the question: “If Mount Baker erupted right now, what would happen?” Tucker said.
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascades Volcano Observatory created the animation to show the distribution and thickness of ash from a Mount Baker eruption.
As for the size of the simulated eruption, it’s based on the largest one from Mount Baker preserved in the geologic record. That data came from Tucker’s research, which included finding ash deposits in the soil from 6,600 years ago….