Volcanoes and Earthquakes
by Kelsi Palmquist and Karley Williams
Mount St. Helens and Kobe Earthquake
Mt. St. Helens
Mt. St Helens is an active, stratovolcano located in Washington State. The most recent major eruption happened on July 10, 2008 which killed 57 people and caused $1.1 million in damage. This wasn't the worst eruption though, the worst occurred on May 18, 1980. This was the most economically destructive to ever happen in the U.S. If the volcano erupts again the areas of Portland, Oregon and Seattle Washington will be at risk.
On Tuesday October 16, 1995 at 5:46 AM a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Kobe, Japan. A convergent boundary caused this earthquake. The focus was less than 20 KM below Awaji-Shima (an island in the Japan Inland sea). The damage of this earthquake caused an estimated at 200 Billion dollars and resulted in over 6,000 deaths. This earthquake destroyed over 150,000 building and left about 300,000 people homeless.