May 18th marks the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. In commemoration, the U.S. Geological Survey–Cascades Volcano Observatory opens its doors to the news media and public on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. for a one-day open house.
Visitors can talk to volcanologists about their research, learn about the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, and watch videos of the changes that have occurred inside the crater over the past 35 years. Scientists will demonstrate monitoring equipment such as thermal imaging, earthquake detection, and how to track ground deformation by satellite. See what a remote volcano monitoring station looks like and watch a scientific “spider” do its job. A robotic arm will be operating in the sediment laboratory and scientists will be on hand to talk about how they collect and process sediments, and how rivers respond to dam removal.
Learn more about landslides and volcanic hazards including whether or not you live in a hazard zone. There will be hands-on science activities and you can have your picture taken in front of a green screen that places you in the crater of an exploding volcano. Continuing a USGS–CVO open house tradition, visitors are invited to bring their mystery rock to be identified by a geologist.
What: Open House at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory
When: Saturday May 2, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Where: 1300 SE Cardinal Ct., Building 10, Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98683 (located on the east side of Vancouver, WA, in the Columbia Tech Park)