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Mt. Rainier’s Osceola Mudflow

January 19, 2017

5,600 years ago, a Mt. Rainier eruption sent a wall of mud careening down the White River Valley to Tacoma. The Osceola Mudflow created the Enumclaw Plain by burying a formerly rugged Puget Lowland with hundreds of feet of volcanic mud — a plain now home to over 500,000 people.


Nick Zentner

Nick Zentner is the science outreach and education coordinator for the Department of Geological Sciences at Central Washington University.  He has produced more than 40 short videos about Central Washington geology. Since 2008, Zentner’s colloquial, humorous lectures have made him a popular speaker at educational and civic organizations throughout the Northwest. In 2015, Nick received the prestigious James Shea Award, a National Association of Geoscience Teachers award recognizing exceptional delivery of Earth Science content to the general public.  

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I had heard this term before but this makes it much clearer and gives a good understanding of it.  Now we just need to prepare.

Glad this little video helped, Mike.  Hope it didn't freak you out too much!

Nice to hear this episode was helpful. Thanks for the comment. 

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