Experts from the observatory have recently been dispatched to volcanoes in Indonesia and Colombia. The lab also studies how sediments move through rivers.
The Columbian reported that it's one of only five volcanic observatories operated by the U. S. Geological Survey. It has a staff of 55.
Their main job remains monitoring seismic activity at volcanoes. Five are considered active in Washington: Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and Glacier Peak.
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