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WaQuakePrepare1451 karma

This is Mike. Seriously, Wes? As the Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, I have to say that my volcano could beat up your volcano with one magma chamber tied behind it's back...

WaQuakePrepare1243 karma

Don't encourage them. -Liz

WaQuakePrepare913 karma

That may be true, but when I'm not moonlighting for Kilauea, I have a lot of volcanoes, and the shear number will overwhelm you. --Wes

WaQuakePrepare733 karma

Well, depends on the timeline. In the near future, Kilauea is the most likely to cause a large disaster. I suppose it also depends what what you mean by large.

The "National Volcano Early Warning System" Report assigns threat rankings of all volcanoes in the United States. Kilauea has the highest "Threat Score". If you are keeping track...Mount St. Helens is second and Yellowstone is...21. Wah wah. --Wes

WaQuakePrepare645 karma

There is only a very weak correlation between large earthquakes and nearby volcanoes when you look at the correlation worldwide. There are individual examples which appear very clear cut, but generally the volcanoes that are "triggered" either erupt quite often or were likely very close to erupting anyway. So in essence, the chances of a eruption in the Cascades being triggered by a subduction zone earthquake are very, very small. --Wes (But the chance of an earthquake happening is still pretty good. That's why if you live in the area, you should definitely have a 2 weeks ready emergency kit.)